The $400,499.30 in outstanding invoices has been lowered since the fiscal year ended with $50,735 from the county commission. The total remaining outstanding invoices are around $350,000, but it's possible that number could fluctuate.
"More bills could be flying in, but these are the best estimates we have at this point," Gupta said. "The interest will be continuing for a lot of these, and penalties can always go up."
Looking forward, Gupta has already demonstrated a budget decrease by about 43 percent for fiscal year 2014.
"We have a $700,000 budget moving forward," he said. "And we're providing several thousand percent more services."
Services increased several fold, including about 25 times more food inspections.
"They had 10 food inspections from January to June," Gupta said. "And when we came in, there were 50 in July alone. A lot of salary was paid for sanitarians. The work was suffering, but money was being spent."
Gupta said the health department is taking into account inefficiencies in the system and eliminating waste.
"We're looking to put the best practices in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse through measures like the purchasing policy that was approved at the last board meeting," he said.
Gupta said the health department has moved from a $13,000-per-month facility to one that costs about $1,600 per month.
Gupta said the reduction in staff from 12 or 13 employees to just a few matches service better.
"Employees are still going out into the field and doing the services and working 24/7 for the people of Putnam County. But we're improving the efficiencies, sharing costs and providing even more services."