Fiscal Court approves budget, fee pooling second readings
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jun 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County’s Fiscal Court unanimously approved both the FY 2009/2010 budget and the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department fee pooling ordinance on second reading when it had its evening meeting on Monday.

The total amount of the draft of the budget is $5.1 million, which Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said is a 29 percent increase over last year’s budget, although much of that increase, Humphries said, includes fee pooling for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department.

“Between the first reading and the second reading, the final numbers have stayed the same,” Humphries said, although he added that there were some small changes within the budget.

According to the proposed budget, fee pooling, which the fiscal court unanimously approved at that same meeting, will bring more than $409,000 to the sheriff’s department. Humphries has previously said they would no longer have to borrow money from the state at the start of the year until county tax money comes in.

The General Fund is at roughly $3 million, although that is partly in due to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), to the tune of $500,000 for the new senior center, Humphries said.

At $445,875, the jail fund has seen a 10 percent increase over last year, and at slightly more than $1 million, the road fund has seen a 2 percent decrease from last year, according to Humphries. Additionally, the sheriff’s department has a total budgeted amount of about $653,000, and a Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) fund has $25,000.

The fiscal court also voted 5–0 approve of a new type of health insurance for the county. Charlie McElya, an account executive for the Peel and Holland Executive Group, told the court about the pros and cons of adopting the new plan, but said the new plan would be better for employees.

The issue was discussed for at least 40 minutes. Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell abstained from voting because he wanted more time to look into the issue.

By a vote of 5–1, the fiscal court voted to approve of a regional economic lobbyist that would work to bring stimulus money, jobs and other economically positive assets to Trigg, Christian and Todd counties.

Terrell provided the sole no vote, stating that he wanted a lobbyist that would work solely for Trigg County, which he said would reap all of the benefits instead of one-third of them.

The court also unanimously approved interfund transfers of $50,000 from the general fund to the jail fund, and also from the jail fund to the sheriff’s fund.

The court also unanimously agreed to start road closing procedures for a portion of Hopper Road, a portion of Bealmear Road from lot 15 through the intersection with Beechwood Drive and a portion of Beechwood Drive at lot 33 through lot 42.

Humphries said that debris cleanup in Trigg County should be complete by June 20, and that the county has spent $68,000 of the $72,000 that was allotted for that purpose. The court had originally allotted $52,000, which is 13 percent of $400,000, for the task, but it was found that wasn’t enough, so more money was put toward that purpose several meetings ago.

In other business, Charles Morris and Kim Fortner were given three-year appointments to the Cemetery Committee, and Sharon Butts was given a four-year appointment to the Planning Commission.

There will be a special called meeting at 6 p.m. on June 29 to award rock, fuel and asphalt bids, to approve transfers and to approve monthly bills. The next Project Development Meeting will also be held at noon next Monday.
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