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Council gets look at 2015 budget requests

Members of the LaGrange County Council were given a preview of three of the budgets that will come before them later this summer at Monday morning’s meeting. Budgets for CASA, COA and 4-H were presented.

Kristi Bachman, representing the CASA (court appointed special advocate) organization, explained that the amount of state funding her organization receives is based entirely on the amount of support that is received from local sources. The local organization will be eligible for $13,736 in state grant money providing that LaGrange County provides a minimum of $13,736 in funding. The county has budgeted the amount needed for the maximum state dollars for the past few years.

Cheri Perkins, representing the Council on Aging (COA), indicated that the county has supplied about 7 percent of her organization’s budget for the last several years. The total budget is $810,000 and the county has supported the agency with $40,000. A large portion of the budget, 69 percent, is from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

4-H Association President Mike Patka presented a “break–even” 2015 budget for 4-H. Included is $40,000 from LaGrange County property tax dollars.

Council members approved a number of line-item transfers with various county budgets. Also, additional appropriations were approved as advertised.

LaGrange County Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill reported that 72 lane miles of horse troughs have been filled this year at a cost of $160,000 for materials. Some of the repaired roads have been chipped and sealed.

Brill also reported that the CR 200N project is in the design stage. “Our goal is to have the project ready for bidding by winter for a Spring 2015 start,” he said.