By Gary Nelson
For the third consecutive month, local option sales tax collections have exceeded budget projections, Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock reported.
Brock reported $623,005 was collected for the month of January, which was $8,029 higher than the projected budget amount of $614,976.
There are still six months of tax collections remaining in the fiscal year.
"It's not a lot at this point, but it means we are in the positive for budgeted projections for the year by $328," Brock said.
So far, $4,028,516 of a budgeted amount of $7,898,741 of local option sales tax has been collected for fiscal year 2013-'14.
Local option sales tax collections go toward funding the county's General Purpose School Fund. The financial report was given during February's monthly budget committee meeting.
Brock also reported property tax collections were at 56.5 percent for the year, according to the Cumberland County Trustee's office.
Hotel/motel tax collections remain down slightly with $394,959 collected of a budgeted amount of $738,000, which is 53.5 percent of budget projections.
Brock reported ambulance service collections were listed at $933,000 of a budgeted amount of $2,671,000, which is 34.9 percent. December receipts of collections were listed at $330,310.
Brock said that the new third party billing system is currently in place and he plans to be able to give a report on those collections separate from the old system as soon as possible.
Prisoner boarding collections from the state were listed at $500,388 of a budgeted amount of $740,000, which is 55.8 percent. This represents five months of revenue, Brock reported.
Jennifer Turner of the Cumberland County Finance Department reported that fuel usage in all of the county departments is on track and no departments are going over projected amounts.
In other areas, the budget committee approved the following budget amendments for February:
• Permission to apply for a $2,000 grant for the Art Circle Public Library for computer training.
• A $400,000 amendment to accept federal flow through money for the Cumberland County Railroad Authority for the maintenance and rehabilitation of railroad line used by Franklin Limestone Industries.
• A $14,000 amendment for funding from the state for site development to improve grounds at the Cumberland County Health Department, which includes a new walking trail.
• A $24,238 amendment to receive additional funding from the state for the Cumberland County Health Department for salary adjustments to state-funded, state-contracted workers at the health department. No local match is required.
John Kinnunen, 9th District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.