Update: Wood County Commission hears more budget requests

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Update: 3/14/2019 5:00 P.M.

Five department heads presented their agencies' budget requests to the Wood County Commission Thursday.

Most of the requests were for the same amount of money or for a small increase compared to the current fiscal year's budgets.

One of the requests came from the 911 Center, which is concerned about the declining amount of revenues it is getting from land line telephone fees.

"We've been in negotiations with the state to look at another avenue for the land lines. It's a dinosaur and an antiquated funding mechanism from 20 years ago. We have to find another-type mechanism."

Revenues for the coming budget year, mainly from property tax valuations, are projected to be the same as for the current year.

Budget requests also came from the assessor, county clerk, technology and maintenance departments.

The prosecutor, sheriff and circuit clerk present their requests Monday.


The Wood County Commission is getting ready to start crafting a budget for the next fiscal year that begins in July.

Commission President Blair Couch says the budget, when it is finalized, is expected to be a tight one again.

The county does not expect additional revenue this year from property taxes.

And it's believes savings the county has realized from its regional jail bill will be offset by other expenses.

"We anticipated that savings at $700,000," Couch says. "Between the pay raise we gave our deputy sheriffs, in order to keep them, and the anticipated cost of voting machines, I think that $700,000 is going to be ate up."

The commission Thursday heard from the WVU Extension Office, which gets its funding from the county.

Extension agent Jodi Smith says the office's funding request is for the same amount as for the current budget year.