When Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder took office in 1993, he said he promised himself the county surplus would never dip below $1.5 million. At the end of the 2004 -2005 budget year, he suspects it will be $400,000.
He presented his budget to magistrates Friday, and it contained a lot of grim news for county departments and local nonprofit and quasi-governmental agencies, such as the Airport Board. He cut funding of most of the agencies in half. The only capital road project budgeted is widening North Buster Pike. Cuts in transportation funds have scaled back projects.
"I've had a tendency to cry wolf in the past; this year looks like it will be it," Wilder said.
Magistrates will work on the budget over the next several weeks with individual departments. County staff estimated that revenue will remain at the $3.7 million mark; it has remained flat for the last five years.