The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners have submitted the final published budget summary for the fiscal year of 2018-2019. Brian Blobaum of Blobaum and Busboom was present at the September 4 meeting to give the commissioners an updated budget summary and answer questions from the board. 
In the summary Blobaum presented he included all changes that were discussed at the previous meetings and commented that the county is in better standing than it was last year. 
“We’re at $100,000 better than we were at last year,” Blobaum said. 
He went on to warn that although the budget was better, the budget passed last year reduced the cash reserves by $1,316,575. Blobaum stated they just hope for the Inheritance Tax receipt submissions and to be frugal. 
Later in the meeting the commissioners discussed with the Jefferson County Highway Department some changes they had to make to their department. 
“We cut a lot out of your budget,” said Commissioner Michael Dux.
Highway supervisors Jason Eyer and Terry Blas expressed they were not surprised by the board’s decision. Previously, the commissioners spoke to them about some possible changes before the budget was published. The commissioners explained their cuts regardless.
Additionally, at the commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, the board met with Sandy Morrissey, Director for Regional Prevention. She presented to the board the Federal Block Grant for 2018-2019 for the Jefferson County Coalition.
“Total you’re getting about $12,000,” Morrissey said. 
She went on to explain that the Jefferson County Coalition requested an amount in the upper $6,000 mark and the Federal Block Grant awarded each county involved an additional $5,100. According to Morrissey, an additional request column was added to the report in the event that there should be an excess of funds in the grant, then they may be distributed to fill these additional requests. 
In the packet provided by Morrissey, a breakdown was given to show the Jefferson County Coalition strategy for 2018-2019. The strategy included the capacity of the UNL Extension Office working with students in educational programs, staffing afterschool volunteers, and planning outreach programs in the community. 
The strategized mentoring included assessments to identify activities for youth, and the capacity for Blue Valley Community Action vehicles, and FYI Center and staff.