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September 17th, 2014
The auditor from Quest CPA, P.C. of Payette reviewed the audit report with the Snake River School District trustees on Wednesday at the trustees' regular meeting.
CPA Kurt Folke said the district's funds "are in good shape." The general fund had an increase of $69,095 over fiscal year 2013-2014.
"It was an increase for the last fiscal year," he said. "It was added to the carryover to the general fund.
"The ending fund balance for the purpose of cash flow was $852,921," said Folke.
"The general fund balance that is needed for one month is about $720,000.
Blackfoot School District's business manager Brian Kress described the causes behind the district's $1.3 million shortfall as "the perfect storm." The massive deficit was discovered during an audit last month accounting for 6 percent of the district's 2014-15 Maintenance and Operations budget.
There was standing room only at Tuesday's school board meeting as Kress went through a PowerPoint presentation explaining in detail "three major reasons" why the district has found itself in such a deep hole and how the budget will be revised to help make up the deficit.
Blackfoot city officials were disappointed to learn on Monday that the city was turned down for the $1 million Tiger Grant that city officers were hoping to get to fund a feasibility study as to what can be done to work around the train problem that has been plaguing Blackfoot for years.
City leaders have been toying with the idea of constructing an overpass or underpass for years and Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis had made it one of his goals to start the process.
BLACKFOOT-Blackfoot School District official will have to revise the district's (2014-15) budget after a recent audit revealed that the district is at least $1 million in the hole. A revised budget hearing meeting will be held on Tuesday (6 p.m.) at the district office (270 E. Bridge St.) to address the shortfall and what district officials intend to do about it.
On Friday, Board chairman Dewane Wren acknowledged the massive deficit, saying, "There are three or four reasons why this happened. We'll be able to get past this and make it up but the budget will have to be revised."
BLACKFOOT â€” The ambulance budget will be continued until 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 in the Bingham County Commissioners' Chambers.
Two public hearings will take place at that time.
At the first public hearing, commissioners will reopen the 2014 budget to receive some grant money.
The second public hearing will add $7,268 to the ambulance budget. There are three ambulance districts in Bingham Countyâ€”Blackfoot, Shelley/Firth and Aberdeen. Each ambulance district receives a percentage of this amount based on the area the ambulance district covers.
NOKOMI, Fla. (AP) â€” Talk about a heavy sleeper.
Police say an accused burglar continued snoozing next to a bag of jewelry he was allegedly planning to swipe even after deputies began snapping pictures of him.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, a cleaning lady discovered 29-year-old Dion Davis on a bed inside the victim's home Monday.
Deputies say they took several photographs of the sleeping Davis, but he didn't wake up.
The Herald Tribune reports Davis was charged with burglary and booked into jail on $10,000 bail.
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Aspiring authors can learn more about writing and getting published at a free workshop hosted by local author Linda Gatewood, tonight at 7 p.m., at the Blackfoot Public Library.
Gatewood, a longtime Blackfoot resident, has three published novels of suspense and romance ("Winter Secret," "Spring Promise" and "Summer Truth") under her belt since 2012. She is gearing up to write the fourth and final novel of the series titled "Autumn Hush."
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) â€” About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it at a bar in Illinois.
Silver Creek Saloon hosted the practice run Tuesday to prepare for the city's 200th anniversary celebration, where the volunteers will attempt to grill a 200-foot-long bratwurst, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. The Bicentennial Oktoberfest Weekend Celebration is set to be held Sept. 19-21 in downtown Belleville.