2015-10-28 / Front Page

Budget moves forward without full support

BY ERIC LEVINE 810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com

The proposed 2016 general fund budget for Sanilac County government has been sent to the Board of Commissioners to adopt and schedule a public hearing.

The proposed date for the hearing is Nov. 17, which would be followed by final approval of the board for the budget that would take effect Jan. 1.

The proposed $1.68 million spending plan cleared the finance committee last week on a 3-1 vote.

The vote could have ended in a tie, but Commissioner John Hoffmann joined Commissioners Dan Dean, finance chair, and Jim Ruby to send the document to the board for consideration on Nov. 3.

Hoffmann and commissioner and board chairman Justin Faber have consistently opposed the proposed budget, albeit for different reasons.

Faber voted against the motion, citing his concern that projected revenues fall $600,000 short of covering anticipated expenditures.

Hoffmann, who has objected to the budget because he says it fails to address the unfunded liability for retiree health care, voted yes in order to allow the budget to move to the board for further consideration.

Had Hoffmann voted no with Faber, the motion would have failed on a 2-2 vote and the budget would have stalled in committee.

Commissioner Donny Hunt, who could have broken the tie, was absent from the meeting for medical reasons.

Commissioners are hoping for Hunt’s return on Nov. 3.

He has been in support of the budget.

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