County Hammers Out Budgets For Coming Year

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The process of divvying up Gila County's revenue pie starts this week.

The board of supervisors has the first set of presentations from department heads today.

Representatives from the county attorney's, the sheriff's and constable's offices were scheduled to begin their pitch for 2005-2006 funds in a work session at 11 a.m.

More presentations are planned for tomorrow, according to County Manager John Nelson.

"We expect to have a tentative budget by the third Monday in July," Nelson said.

"Tax rates won't be set until the third Monday in August."

While the supervisors and department heads wrangle with figures for the coming budget year, past financial activity is being reviewed by the Valley firm of Walker Armstrong, with whom the State Auditor General's Office contracted for Gila County's audit.

"That should be completed by Oct. 30," Nelson said.

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