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County official prepares for lower revenue streams

County finances are stable for now

HENNEPIN — Putnam County Treasurer Kevin Kunkel says April “wasn’t a bad month.”

The county has made significant fiscal cuts in the recent year, knocking about $1 million off the budget, and as COVID-19 pandemic rages on, they’re preparing for a loss in revenue due to lower sales tax and other revenue.

Kunkel reported $168,500 in revenue for April to the Putnam County Board, but cautioned board members that May’s numbers might not look so rosy.

“Sales tax will be lower by a few thousand as we start to see reduced sales,” he said.

The county borrowed $25,000 from the bridge fund, he reported.

Tax bills however, were to be mailed Wednesday and Thursday, so the county will start seeing some income with those payments. Kunkel said payments can be made online, by mail or dropped off at the courthouse drop box or the banks.

Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle reminds residents that the county courthouse is open for essential business by appointment. Offices can be accessed through the north entrance next to the Sheriff’s Department.

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