Commissioners plan to move more to improvement fund

The Auglaize County commissioners plan to put more per month into the permanent improvement fund during the first part of the year to ensure renovations at the Auglaize County Courthouse are paid.

This week the commissioners authorized the Auglaize County treasurer to place $80,000 per month of receipts from the county’s permissive sales and use tax collected into the permanent improvement fund, beginning in January and extending through the end of June, or until the board adopts a resolution altering the amount.

“We plan on doing it for six months,” said Commissioner Doug Spencer, who is serving as president of the board in 2012. “Essentially, we are front loading the fund to get through renovations.”

He said they are planning on overall contributing the same amount in 2012 as they did in 2011, when they contributed $40,000 a month each of the 12 months of the year.

“We have to pay some bills so it’s the same dollars but we’re getting it quicker,” Spencer said.

In preparing the county’s budget for 2012, Commissioner John Bergman said they were going to have to be mindful of getting the courthouse project completed and the grant reimbursement back in a timely manner.

“We’re unsure of how we’ll be reimbursed for the courthouse,” said Bergman, who said they were concerned about meeting the minor details to be reimbursed and the time frame in which that may fall.

If the reimbursement came when expected, Bergman said there would be no problems, but if it came in after, plans needed to be made to bridge the gap.

In preparing for that, commissioners have discussed different scenarios, including a short term loan and paying insurance quarterly so as to not encumber funds which may be needed.

In the worst case scenario, the commissioners may need to cover the entire amount of the grant at $1.3 million, but more likely between $200,000 and $300,000.

“The timing will be everything and we may be shuffling money around,” Bergman said.