Carter Budget Committee recommends fund transfer to balance Head Start budget

John Thompson • Jun 10, 2019 at 10:26 PM

ELIZABETHTON — June is the end of the fiscal year for county governments in Tennessee. The Budget Committee of the Carter County Commission made several adjustments to county offices and departments.

One of the major changes was made to the Carter County Head Start program, This program is funded exclusively with federal funds, and unlike the county budget, it uses a calendar year, from January through December.

The different calendar and the exclusively federal nature of the funding has resulted in some deficits at the end of the county’s fiscal year. Carter County Finance Director Brad Burke told the Budget Committee on Monday night that the county Head Start had expenditures that exceeded the federal revenues that would be received in the county’s funds by June 30.

Ordinarily, the Carter County Finance Department controls spending during the last few months of the fiscal year by denying all purchase requests for non-essential items after March 21. That control of spending is made possible by requiring purchase orders to be submitted in order to make purchases.

Burke said that spending control was loosened by the use of check requests to make the Head Start purchases. He said the over purchase at this time was unintentional and had occurred in past years, but there had been more cash at the time.

The exact amount of the over purchases has not been completely determined, but Burke has set a transfer of $79,641.65 from the unassigned school general fund to balance the budget.

The Budget Committee unanimously approved the transfer. The committee will recommend it to the County Commission at its monthly meeting next Monday.

The Head Start Budget transfer was just one of many budget transfers approved by the Budget Committee on Monday night. Those transfers were made to bring the budgets of all departments and offices into balance.

Prior to the next Commission meeting, there will be a workshop meeting on the budget for the full County Commission on Thursday, June 14, in the Main Courtroom of the Courthouse.

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