Dispatch from the

Budget front

The budget meeting last Thursday was the liveliest one since 2006 – when the historic formula for allocating gasoline tax proceeds to the four commission district road budgets was first agreed upon.

That formula specifies that three districts – 2, 3, and 4 – will all receive equal shares of the fund, 24.24 percent apiece. District 1 receives a larger share – 27.25 percent. This year, that would result in District 1 getting about $77,000 more of this particular fund than the other three districts ($701,000 vs. $624,000, accounting for about 70 percent of the total district road budget). Over the last eight years, the difference between District 1’s share and that of the other districts has totaled roughly $622,000.