2017-08-07 / News

By the numbers, Sanilac County in good shape

BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 •

SANDUSKY — County Commissioners received good news from the auditor last month. The audit of Sanilac County government finances for 2016 showed positive gains in the general fund.

When the books were closed on Dec. 31, general fund revenue increased $559,849 more than anticipated, including an additional $402,182 in taxes, while expenditures were $171,663 less than anticipated.

The balance in the general fund increased by $209,299 to $2,421,696, with $2,215,801 unassigned or available for use. In December 2015, the fund balance was $2,212,397.

The 2016 balance exceeds recommendations.

While financial experts recommend a fund balance of 10 to 15 percent for governmental units, Sanilac County was at 18 percent of the budget as of Dec. 31.

Total general fund revenue from taxes and other financial sources for 2016 were $14,301,742, while total expenditures were $14,092,443.

County finances “look pretty good,” said Kenneth Talsma, of the firm Anderson, Tackman & Company, who presented the audit report on July 18,

Commissioner Dan Dean, chairman of the finance committee, credited good financial management on the part of the county administrator and department heads, and the willingness of employees to accept a higher portion of health care costs, for the county’s financial “stability.”

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