Carbon sets sights on saving money
A Carbon County official ended 2010 by voicing his goals for 2011.
During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Charles Getz again stressed the county's need to look at ways to save money in the upcoming years, adding that current expenses continue to rise, but the county's funds and income continue to drop.
He noted that the commissioners do not want to raise taxes in 2012, which they have not done in nine years, so they are committed to finding ways to cut back on spending.
Commissioners William O'Gurek, chairman, and Wayne Nothstein, agreed with Getz about the need and plan to work hard at finding ways to make sure there will be no tax increase for a 10th year in a row.
Carbon County officials voted earlier this month to accept the 2011 spending plan, which calls for taxes to remain at 6.893 mills.
Next year's county budget totals $50,984,284.
In other matters, the county commissioners voted to allow Robert Crampsie, county controller and secretary to the retirement board, to be the signatory for necessary paperwork that will bring the county's pension plan up to the Internal Revenue Service's code compliance.
Carbon must update its plan to comply with IRS code because if not, it could be at risk of substantial penalties if the IRS audits the plan.
Last month, the county retirement board voted to accept the Hay Group's proposal to prepare the plan documents, at a cost of $3,500 for the company's services.