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Oil boom boosts county budget
by Joe Baker
Oct 25, 2012 | 1780 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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KARNES COUNTY – The ongoing oil and gas boom happening in Karnes County as a result of development of energy resources within the Eagle Ford Shale is pouring unprecedented amounts of money into county coffers, and county officials are finding new ways to spend it, too.

The Karnes Countywide submitted an open records request for a copy of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Karnes County budget, and also a a copy of the preceding year’s budget, for comparison.

In terms of revenue, the future is remarkably bright for Karnes County government accounts.

Revenue is expected to increase $7.88 million over what was projected in last year’s budget, largely due to increased tax revenue. Karnes County’s projected revenues were $9.12 million in FY 2012 and have increased to $17 million for the FY 2013 budget.

Projected spending, however, is also expected to increase.

County officials have budgeted $11.78 million in spending for FY 2013, which is an increase of $3.34 million beyond the figure in the preceding year’s budget.

County officials have identified a number of areas in which to spend more money.

As far as the “big ticket” items go, county officials plan to double the amount spent in the road and bridge department, increasing spending from $1.61 million up to $3.48 million – an increase of 115 percent.

The sheriff’s office is also seeing a large increase in spending, rising from $1.33 million up to $1.74 million – an increase of 30 percent.

County officials plan a very large increase in spending on capital outlay projects, rising from $391,829 up to $1.38 million – an increase of 252 percent. Among the amounts listed for such projects are $500,000 for an EMS facility, $500,000 for a Road and Bridge department facility, $165,000 for a parking lot adjacent to the county building at 210 W. Calvert, $85,000 for weigh station, and $65,000 for elevator and renovations to the county building at 200 E. Calvert.

See related graphs on pages 3A and 14A.
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