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A look at the big budget cuts on White Earth

The White Earth Tribal Council made some major budget cuts for Fiscal year 2019. Here’s a look at how tribal departments will be affected:

The tribal police department budget will be cut by $855,000, lowering it from $2.9 million this year to $2.1 million next year.

The Elderly Nutrition program will be cut by $577,000, nearly in half, from $1.3 million this year to $708,000 next fiscal year.

The entire $350,000 budgeted this year for the ambulance service was cut to zero next year.

The entire $128,000 budget for the Boys and Girls Club in White Earth village was cut, as was the entire $103,000 budget for the public works road crew.

The entire $223,000 zoning budget was cut, as was the entire $162,000 risk management budget and the entire $132,000 quality assurance budget.

Tribal security will also take a $251,000 hit, and will go from $390,000 this year to $138,000 next year.

Conservation took a $116,000 hit, from $191,000 this year to $74,000 next year.

Some $490,000 will be cut from BIA combined services (from $1.1 million this year to $624,000 next year).

The Land Department will see a $354,000 cut, from $948,000 this year to $595,000 next year.

The Planning Department will see a $320,000 cut, from $524,000 this year to $204,000 next year.

Communications will see a $195,000 cut, from $340,000 this year to $145,000 next year. Constituent services was cut by  $62,000, or about a sixth of its budget.

Other major cuts include $265,000 from the water system, $248,000 from fleet maintenance and replacement, $211,000 from tribal courts, $122,000 from the cultural program and $119,000 from the wild rice program.

But it’s not all cut, cut cut — the budget anticipates a big jump in casino revenues — to $10.3 million next fiscal year from $7.5 million budgeted for this year, and some budget areas will see increases.

The tribe has budgeted $2.35 million for capital improvements and projects next year, up nearly $1 million from this year.

The tribe also plans to spend $770,000 next year on a line item called “interest/building payment.” That line item is at zero this year.

There is an extra $95,000 in the budget for powwow expenses, and another $70,000 for water system construction, for a total of $272,000, up from $203,000 this year.

The tribe will spend an extra $50,000 on property taxes, with payments budgeted to go from $104,000 to $154,000.

The tribal council budgeted an additional $27,000 (for a total of $282,000) for boys and girls club administration next year, and an extra $26,000 for Drug Court (up from $144,000 this year). Also an extra $25,000 for enrollments.

There’s $80,000 in the budget to hire a wild rice manager, a position that is not in this year’s budget.

The tribe also expects to spend about $40,00 more on drug testing.

The Tribal Council’s budget will essentially double, to $1.5 million, although all five of the council positions themselves will take cuts:

Chairman Terry Tibbetts will go from $177,000 to $161,000.

Secretary-Treasurer Alan Roy’s position will go from $190,000 to $146,000.

District 1 Committeeman Ray Auginaush’s position will go from $164,000 to $127,000.

District 2 Committeeman Kathy Goodwin will go from $166,000 to $158,000.

District 3 Committeeman Umsy Tibbetts will go from $153,000 to $141,000.

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