Fiscal Court passes first budget reading
by Franklin Clark --
May 20, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By a vote of 6–1, Trigg County’s Fiscal Court voted to approve, on first reading, the county’s budget for the 2009/2010 fiscal year when it met on the evening of Monday, May 18. Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell provided the sole no vote.

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.

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 said they would not 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 at 10 percent increase over last year, 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.

“This is just a work in progress, no doubt,” Humphries said.

Magistrate Terrell voted “no” after talking about his wish to add a recurring line item to the recreation complex budget for improvements. Said improvements were discussed after the budget was approved on first reading.

Ralph Thomas of the recreation complex board was present, as was Charles Terrell, who wrote a letter that details what he saw as needed changes at the complex. The recreation complex read and discussed the details of the letter at its meeting last week.

“There’s a lot of stuff the complex board can’t do, because they don’t have any money,” Charles Terrell said. “The complex gives something the kids to do. They’re not going to Hopkinsville, not going to Clarksville, Princeton, wherever.”

A number of the improvements don’t take much money, but some money would be required to carry them out, Terrell said, adding that some of the improvements he listed in the letter are safety concerns that should be completed as quickly as possible.

Gary Curtis and Janice Curtis also spoke on behalf of parents who are concerned about Trigg County children playing on the fields at the complex. They said people want to play locally, but some of the safety issues are on the verge of pushing parents away.

Humphries also said that the Cadiz Pool will open on Saturday, May 23, and that Cindy Westerfield is the new pool manager.

It was the first fiscal court meeting with new Magistrate Shannon Knight, and the first meeting with a seven-member quorum since former district one magistrate Doug Taylor resigned to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The budget will again be discussed at the next fiscal court meeting, which will be held on Monday, June 1, at 6 p.m.
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