Shenandoah County administrators and departments continue to work on spending requests ahead of a proposed fiscal 2020 budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors.
County Administrator Mary T. Price said Thursday that any estimates of an increased number of government employees and the potential effect on the fiscal 2020 budget remains uncertain as the figures fluctuate from day to day. Numbers can fluctuate in the more than a month before she presents her proposed spending plan to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 26.
Price ultimately decides departmental spending and which personnel requests from county government offices to include in her proposed budget. Supervisors then decide on a spending plan and how to balance the budget.
“Keep in mind we are just now meeting with all departments,” Price said. “That’s typically what we do (at this time).”
Departments submit budgets that include spending requests for positions, salaries and other operation costs. As of early last week, county administrative staff had met with two or three departments to discuss requests, Price said. At the time, the administrator said she didn’t know how many new positions departments had requested.
“It’s an ever-changing number,” Price said.
The administrator noted that at the time she also did not have costs to cover departmental requests.
“They may go back and change their paperwork,” Price said. “The same with even budget line items, we’ll talk about things and we’ll say ‘nope, you got this wrong, you need to change this number,’ so that’s why we meet with (departments).
Price said she did come up with a figure of 19 additional positions and a reduction of two part-time positions.
“And it’s already changed,” Price said.
Positions came up during a discussion with officials from an unspecified department Wednesday, Price said.
“It’s premature,” Price said about divulging information about personnel requests early in the budget-creation process.