Some strong economic signs brought Summit County's final 2011 budget to a slightly better place... when the year end numbers were crunched.
County finance and budget director Brian Nelsen told Summit County Council that some unexpected growth in revenue brought last year's income a bit higher than expected...at some $99.9 million.
"The big gainer in there was sales tax," Nelsen noted to council, "which we had projected at two percent growth...which grew at 4.6 percent for the year."
Property tax conveyances also made a strong, late year showing, says Nelsen...though he says they were still nowhere near pre-recession numbers.
"Going back to 2005, the height of kind of the economy boom and the housing market boom, we did 29,748 (property conveyances)," Nelsen told county council's Finance Committee. "That's how far that's dropped."
Recent property tax transfer figures have been in the 17,000 range.
But the key for Summit County's budget continues to be reduced spending and cost savings at county agencies.
That allowed the county to spend just under $102 million when all was said and done in 2011.
That means Summit County will dip into reserves for under $2 million...to balance the past year's budget.
But Nelsen says despite the fact the county has been handling its budget smoothlly - there are still other potential factors that could get in the way.
"But as we all know, with the state budget reductions and property value reductions," Nelson noted, "we still have issues going forward that we need to address as well."
In other words...the Budget Master's work is never done.