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Newton County Commission Increases the 2014 Budget

The commissioners finalized their budget for the year, planning an increase of approximately $200,000.
NEOSHO, MO.--- The Newton County Commission increases the budget for 2014. The commissioners finalized their budget for the year, planning an increase of approximately $200,000. The board anticipates a revenue of about $9.65 million in 2014 with estimated expenditures of about $9.63 million. Presiding Commissioner Marilyn Ruestman says the budget has stabilized since the 2011 tornado, but the county won't see extra money for spending until 2016.

"We're bringing forward just about the same amount of money we brought forward last year. Our expected revenues are about the same and, actually, our expected expenditures will be going up, but not a great deal," said Marilyn Ruestman, Newton County Presiding Commissioner. 

The substantial increase in county insurance expenses is the primary reason for the larger budget. The insurance expenses are expected to increase in 2015, as well.
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