Balancing budgets: How it works

When looking at a budget, a $9 million shortfall sounds like fiscal irresponsibility—or like budget math at the federal government level.

But when it comes to Santa Rosa County’s annual budget process, starting with $9 million more in requested funds than money to spend is nothing new. But by the time fiscal year 2020-2021 starts in October that shortfall will be zero.

County Commissioner Dave Piech explained that unlike the federal government, Santa Rosa County cannot operate with a budget deficit.

 

Read the full article in the June 11 issue of Navarre Press.

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