The Final Chapters of 2019
Clinton County says goodbye to the decade with titles, tears and historic moves.
As we do each year, The Clinton County Leader is looking back at the headlines that made history in 2019. Last week, we tackled the first half of the decade’s last year. This week, we’ll be reviewing the headlines from July through December (by newspaper issue date).
Don and Janette Lile serve as Grand Marshals of the Plattsburg Fall Festival Parade.
Lathrop football beats Maryville to end Spoofhounds’ home winning streak.
East Buchanan softball wins a district championship.
Norm Stewart speaks at the Iba Family Court dedication banquet.
County finishes 2019 in the black, carries $264k into the new year
Clinton County will enter 2020 on a financial upswing, not only finishing the past year in the black, but actually rebuilding its reserves.
Though the official final numbers weren’t available Thursday, January 2, the Clinton County Commissioners projected that they had finished 2019 approximately $264,000 in the black in the General Revenue budget.
That’s a far cry from how the county finished 2018. Last year, the commissioners had to borrow $51,000 from the county road and bridge fund just to make it through December, as the county had $135,482 in general bills and payroll against approximately $84,000 cash on hand. That was after the county had already spent its emergency reserve.
Clinton County ended 2017 with just $9,717 remaining in the General Revenue fund. And that was a year after the county ended 2016 with just over $500,000 in the General Revenue fund.
Though the county will have some additional funds at their disposal this year, the Clinton County Commissioners said they’ll continue with the tight financial oversight that corrected their course in 2019.
“It feels great to end the year in the black,” said Presiding Commissioner Pat Clark. “We plan to continue building off of that. We’ll still continue to monitor budgets for each office, the expenditures, and try to plan for some of those expenditures instead of going right out and getting them.”
“It’s a good thing that we’re in the black instead of the red,” added First District Commissioner Gary McCrea. “That’s new and unique. But that still doesn’t mean that the county is flush, because we are not. Our economic outlook is still bleak.”
Second District Commissioner Larry King just wrapped up his 15th year in office and said 2018 was the worst, financially, during his tenure, insinuating that though they have money in the bank, that doesn’t mean their financial situation has been solved.
“Just because we came out in the black with money left over, I still have the belief that if you’re going to spend $5 you need to have $10 in our pockets,” King said. After coming in over budget in recent years, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department collectively stayed under budget in 2019. Both the sheriff’s operation budget and jail budget were in the black, while the dispatch area came in over budget.