County commission meets with department heads to discuss budget


HURON — With rising costs for all supplies, Beadle County department heads were encouraged to work with their commission representative and with the auditor in preparing budget 2023 budget proposals during a meeting with the Beadle County Commission Tuesday morning.

County department heads were informed by auditor Jill Hanson that the tax revenue to the county is almost entirely used by labor costs for county employees, so any other expenditures require income into the county to cover or require trimming labor costs.

In explaining this to department heads, commission chair Doug Ramsell was intentional to remind department heads that no one department is being singled out nor is anyone being accused of recklessly spending.

“We believe you all are doing an incredible job,” Ramsell stated, referring to the thoughts of the commission. “We get plenty of feedback in the community, and it’s overwhelmingly positive on the work that everyone here does.”

Commissioners and department heads met in executive session for an extended period to discuss upcoming union contract negotiations and other personnel matters.

The commission heard from Highway Superintendent Merl Hanson regarding the new Highway Department building, and Hanson shared with the commissioners a new schedule from Raeco.

Commissioners approved a bridge removal agreement for bridge 03-190-266.

Bid opening for gravel bids was set for July 12.

The next county commission meeting will be June 28 at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse.

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