The Macoupin County Board has been pinching pennies for a number of years, and has now realized a budget surplus of more than $219,000. An independent auditor presented the news to the board at this week's meeting, and Macoupin County Board Chairman Andy Manar says this is verification that the county government has exercised extreme discipline over the long haul.

Manar says the county is currently spending about $200,000 less in General Funds than it did when he took office in December of 2004.

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Manar said that prior to his election as County Board Chairman, the County was engaging in about $900,000 in deficit spending between 2002 and 2004 when revenues were healthy. Then the two coal mines in the county closed, hitting the local economy hard. Today, the County spends just over $6.6 million in General Funds. You can see the full audit by following the link:

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