Instead of the proverbial red ink, the county equipment requests for next year were striped with yellow and green ink.
The Wood County Commissioners got their first peek at all the county appropriation requests for equipment items on Thursday. It was the first of many meetings for them to go through the budget item by item, looking for expenses that are necessary, those that can be postponed, and those that should be slashed all together.
Yellow marked items suggested to be yanked from the county appropriations, and green marked those items getting shifted to permanent improvement funding.
This year's process is similar to the last few years, with the commissioners trying to be appropriately frugal, according to Wood County Administrator Andrew Kalmar.
"It's consistent with what we've done in the last three or four years," Kalmar said.
But this year, the hope is that the county has reached the bottom of its revenue reductions, Kalmar added.
The commissioners also realize that some equipment requests cannot be put off too long, without the costs escalating too much, he said.
According to Joe Fawcett, assistant county administrator, the county's revenue for next year is projected at $38 to 43 million, depending on the carryover from this year. County offices submitted requests adding up to $43.8 million. On Thursday, the commissioners cut those requests down to $37.4 million.
Again this year, the commissioners voiced support for necessities such as replacing old computers or broken chairs, and agreed to delay aesthetics such as replacing mismatched carpets.
On the chopping block were several requests, with some of the more expensive items being:
• Intrusion detection system for county technology, $41,993.
• Mower with snow equipment for East Gypsy Lane complex, $34,766.
• New chiller for the county jail, $250,000.
• New roof top unit for sheriff's office, $27,250.
• Pickup truck with plow for East Gypsy Lane complex, $33,160.
• New signs around the East Gypsy Lane complex, $8,250.
• Soundproofing Common Pleas No. 4 courtroom and jury room, cost undetermined.
• New carpet for court security office, $5,650.
• Six replacement sheriff patrol vehicles, $131,700, cut down to five vehicles.
• Three new SUV sheriff patrol vehicles, $80,790, cut down to two vehicles.
• Electronic portable sign board for sheriff's office, $18,900.
• 60-quart bench mixer for county jail, $10,000.
• Four cars for Job and Family Services, $100,000, cut back to $80,000.
Other items weren't cut from the appropriations list, but were moved into the permanent improvement category. Those include:
• Asphalt sealing of courthouse complex parking lots, $7,000.
• Courthouse tunnel repair, $35,000.
• Office building boiler replacement, $155,000.
• Partial courthouse ceiling repairs, $40,000.
• Blacktop sealing and replacement at East Gypsy Lane complex, $52,000.
• HVAC replacement at Dunbridge Road building, $100,000.
• Roof replacement at health department, $70,000.
• Parking lot replacement at health department, $38,000.
• Roof replacement at juvenile court and detention center, $69,669.
• Recreation yard fencing at juvenile detention, $5,000.