By Randy Kirby
Pettis County Presiding Commissioner John Meehan presented the proposed General Revenue Budget and Road & Bridge Budget for 2014 on Monday morning with a few elected officials and county employees present.
The 2014 General Revenue Budget is balanced at $7,085,415, while the 2014 Road & Bridge Budget is balanced at $7,609,070, said Meehan.
The Commission met with all the county’s department heads previously to discuss their budget needs, Meehan explained. Since the economic downtown in 2008-09, Meehan said that the county has devised ways to be more efficient with less money.
“Because of 2008-2009, significant reductions (had to be made) and every elected official in every department had to do the same thing they’ve always done before, but with a lot less resources,” Meehan said. “(But) because of the cost savings, because of the sales tax rebound, to some degree, we’ve been able to ad those things back in gradually.”
Sales tax revenues were down $81,841, or 1.3 percent when compared to 2012. But sounding a financial alarm was not necessary because of the conservative budgets the county adopted in 2011, 2012 and 2013, he noted.
“We continue to increase the efficiency of our county government. I am proud to say that the citizens of Pettis County have, and will continue to receive, quality services from folks who really care about serving our neighbors,” Meehan said in a prepared statement concerning the “State of the County.”
The Commission is projecting revenues in 2014 to be slightly less than in 2013.
Also at the meeting, Meehan announced that he will not seek reelection for his position. His four-year term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
“Most of you know that I’ve had 30 years of experience in the finance and banking industry before I decided to retire. The opportunity to go into public service and to serve the folks in this particular capacity, I felt like I was called to do that, because that’s where my background was,” Meehan stated.
“It’s a been a great opportunity,” he added. “I feel honored to be able to serve in this capacity.”
As for his future, the 60-year-old Presiding Commissioner said he doesn’t have any preconceived ideas on what he will pursue next. “But I think I’ve got a lot of life left, so I don’t know what that (future) will hold,” he commented. “Those doors are all open.” Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.