MOUNT VERNON — The 2011 Knox Soil & Water Conservation District budget was presented when the Knox County Commissioners met with district program administrator Rob Clendening on Thursday morning.
Total appropriations for 2011 are $263,677, down $15,000 from 2010. Funds requested from the county are $147,413, while grant money from the Ohio Division of Wildlife of $28,800 and matching funds of $87,454 make up the rest of the district’s budget funds. Grant money is specifically used to manage wildlife damage programs, while the matching funds are for general operations. The cash balance projection at the end of 2010 is $218,879.
Most of the expense accounts are remaining the same as 2010. The equipment account is up from $2,000 to $13,000. “We have a 10-year-old truck that we’re thinking really hard about replacing,” said Clendening. “Money from a scrap tire fund moved [to SWCD] helped us a lot. We’ve reduced the staff by one person and have also secured grant money through ODNR.”
“We’re pretty happy with the way you’ve operated over the years,” said Commissioner Allen Stockberger. “Assuming there are no unexpected surprises, I would say this proposal looks very favorable.”
Also on Thursday morning, the commissioners approved a request from Small’s Sand and Gravel near Gambier to have brine applied directly on No. 9 gravel for ice control.