In response to the urgency of state budget cuts, the North Dakota Association of Counties held a webinar for county officials Friday March 18th. Here is a video clip of NDACo Assistant Director Terry Traynor introducing the webinar "Understanding How Budget Cuts Impact Counties."
More than 150 county officials registered for the webinar. And NDACo was told many of those registrants were groups of county folks gathering to listen together. NDACo developed the webinar using top state officials to provide an overview of the budget shortfall, summarize how they have worked to make up for the loss in revenue projections and how they predict moving through the upcoming months and year. Presenters included: Pam Sharp, Director of Office Management and Budget; Grant Levi, North Dakota Department of Transportation Director; Maggie Anderson, Director of Human Services; and Lynn Helms, Director of Mineral Resources.
You can find webinar presentations by clicking here: "Understanding How Budget Cuts Impact Counties" Webinar Presentations
Each presenter focused on how the revenue shortfalls will impact counties. They detailed how the allotment of 4.05 percent cut from agency budgets will be noticed at the county level. Sharp said the sudden downturn in our state's economy is largely related to the price of oil which has impacted activity and sales tax revenues.
Another forecast will be prepared late this summer. Sharp says if at
that point the forecast shows a deeper shortfall more cuts may be made.
About $75 million is still remaining in the budget stabilization fund,
which could also be utilized. In addition, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and Sharp will soon outline state agency budget guidelines for 2017-2019 biennium. Sharp says she is confident agencies will be advised to find reductions.
It is our intention this information will help you understand the
financial dilemma at the state level, and what you may or may not expect
for state support in the near future. Overall, this is information you
need to know as you move toward building your 2017 budgets. You can be
assured that NDACo will provide you updates as the budget situation
Friday, March 18, 2016
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