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County budget includes no cuts, unanticipated revenue

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EUREKA- No cuts will be made to Humboldt County departments next year according to the Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors will approve their 2014-2015 fiscal year budget at a meeting on Tuesday.

Instead of financial cuts, the budget includes more than $375,000 of revenue. That revenue was unanticipated, said 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn. According to Bohn, the revenue is coming from late property tax penalties and a state reimbursement for pre-2004 state mandates. The extra funds will go towards making payroll software upgrades and other updates. The rest will go into the county’s reserves.

“It's just a big deal that we're at this point and we didn't have to make cuts,” Bohn said. “We had a little extra money. Our reserves are no where- they're like at 1.7 million and we want to be at 6 and a half so we're a long ways off from that, but we were able to put a little money in the reserves.”

In addition to the revenue, the supervisors say this budget is unique because the community helped create it. The board held two public hearings on the budget to get comments and suggestions from county residents. Many of those ideas are now in the proposed budget.