Summit County government officials are going to look at increasing building permit fees and parking garage fees to help meet expected revenue shortfalls in upcoming years.

Still, if finances remain on track, the county government could finish 2017 with a slight surplus, finance and budget director Brian Nelsen told council members Monday.

Revenue is expected to hit $109.6 million, higher than initially projected, while expenditures could fall to $109.2 million, lower than first budgeted for the year, Nelsen said.

“The revenue forecast has improved by $438,000 [for 2017],” he said. Nelsen regularly provides updated budget figures to the council members.

The county still expects the impending loss of Medicaid sales tax money to hurt revenue in upcoming years, even with state funding intended to temporarily offset the Medicaid tax losses, he said.

Previous projections anticipated the county will have annual deficits starting with $2.6 million in 2018 and increasing to $5.7 million by 2020, Nelsen said. But his office will make budget revisions, with updated projections, to prevent those kind of sizeable imbalances, he said.

“This is not the path we intend to follow,” Nelsen said. “We are very close to presenting a balanced budget for 2018.”

To address anticipated revenue shortfalls, the county needs to look at increasing building permit and parking garage fees, he said. He did not give any details on proposed increases.

“We are looking to put together a fee package that generates $1 million in revenue [for 2019],” Nelsen said. Any fee increases, if enacted, would take place in 2018, he said.

“I know people don’t like to hear that,” Nelsen said. “It still beats tax increases.”

In other action Monday, council members took additional steps to pass a “Surface Water Management District” ordinance that communities could voluntarily join. The ordinance is intended to address runoff and flooding issues in the county.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JimMackinnonABJ.