December 12, 2019

County Commissioners make budget adjustments

Decommit portion of jail commissary funds for transfer to general fund

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WEST BRANCH — The Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners voted to transfer $323,001 from the delinquent tax revolving fund to the general fund as well as decommitted $75,000 of the Ogemaw County Jail commissary fund to transfer it into the general fund during its regular board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Both motions passed 4-0. Commissioner Chairman Bruce Reetz was absent from the meeting.

The transfer from the revolving fund to the general fund was intended to cover an expenditure increase from $10,599,604 to $11,076,605 related to increases in county employee wages, fringe benefits and healthcare and retirement costs over the previous year, Commissioner Craig Scott said during the meeting.

During the discussion regarding the decommitting of $75,000 from the jail commissary fund, which Scott said is funded by inmate payment into the jail commissary, it was agreed upon by the commissioners that the funds were to be transferred to the general fund to cover correctional facility operational costs.

Chief Deputy County Clerk Caren Piglowski said during the meeting the commissary fund is allotted for inmate care, so the money had to be decommitted from that fund in order to be used for other purposes.

“Under governmental fund accounting it is a special fund, and those dollars stay in that fund, so in order to utilize those fund dollars, if you’re going to utilize it for something other than the commissary fund, you have to decommit the dollars to transfer them,” Piglowksi said. “In the past, we were told those commissary dollars can only be spent for the care of an inmate. The auditors have now told us that this is true, but you can decommit the dollars in that fund and transfer them.”

The commissioners are currently operating on a continuation budget, meaning they rolled over the 2018-19 budget into the current fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020.

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