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April 30, 2014

GT road board to address budget shortfall

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse County road commissioners could make key decisions about a sizable budget deficit during a meeting today.

Commissioners will hold a special public meeting at 5 p.m. as they continue to adjust a 2014 budget passed in November that included the use of a fund balance to cover an $800,000 deficit.

The commission recently received a cash infusion from state lawmakers to the tune of almost $450,000 in one-time funding intended to offset local road agencies’ high winter maintenance costs. But the commission still faces a shortfall of nearly $530,000, road commission records show.

Board members today should specifically consider delaying maintenance work on Lafranier Road and reducing the miles of road officials planned to chip seal this year, said John Nelson, a road board member.

Nelson said road commissioners are committed to a host of projects they approved last month that largely will be paid for through the commission’s voter-approved 2013 millage.

Any remaining deficit at the end of the year will be closed with the commission’s $4.4 million fund balance.

The road commission meets at it’s office, located at 1881 Lafranier Road.

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