Many Florida Counties Catch a Financial Break

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Tallahassee, Florida- July 19, 2012

The good news comes to the tune of nearly half a million dollars in Jackson County.

"Certainly the citizens are going to be impacted. Thats a half a million dollars we can put to other services.We are a million dollars short in the general revenue side of it, so you can see right there that can go a long way to helping correct that," said Jackson County Administrator Ted Lakey.

The county gets to keep the money after Governor Rick Scott pardoned a large portion of what the county owed in old medicaid bills, discovered when the state changed its computer system.

"From the get go we felt that a lot of the bills were incorrect, we really did. And we are happy that they have confirmed that to be the fact that there are a lot of incorrect bills," added Lakey.

The original bill was 723 thousand dollars. The County had been fighting the State claiming the number was inaccurate due to billing problems. With Jackson County among others facing a deficit, commissioners tell us the relief couldn't have come at a better time.

"We're in our budget hearings now and that's a number possibly we can plug in to help defer some of the deficit that we're looking at now," said Lakey.

Lakey says the board hasn't yet determined what areas will be most impacted by the newfound savings.

But even with the windfall, the board will still have to trim the fat.

"They are a frugal body. Our board is frugal and they are going line item by line item looking for ways to cut back."

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