Magistrate Jon Goodwin, who chairs the county’s Budget Committee, said the total budget, which comes in at $6,004,547, is well put together and a good representation of fiscal management.
“I’m certainly pleased to have a balanced budget to provide for the people of the community,” said Goodwin. “We haven’t had to cut any services, and we haven’t had to put any more financial burden on the taxpayers.”
The budget for the next fiscal year – which begins on Sunday, July 1, includes $3,272,891 for the General Fund, $1,495,062 for the Road Fund, $492,946 for the Jail Fund, $713,648 for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office and $30,000 for the L.G.E.A. Fund.
Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said there were a couple of numbers they didn’t have when the Fiscal Court passed it on first reading, including a slight increase in their insurance due in part to the vehicles that have been purchased.
“Everything seems to be in order,” said Humphries.
The total for the current fiscal year’s budget is $6,380,325. Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver says that included $750,000 for the biomass project at Trigg County Hospital, and that they estimate that they will have $60,000 left over for that project in the next fiscal year.
Magistrate Larry Lawrence made a motion to approve the budget, with Magistrate Barry Littlejohn seconding. The vote was 7 – 0.
After a motion by Magistrate Richard Nelson and a second by Magistrate Mike Wright, the Fiscal Court also unanimously approved the final two months of former Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas’ term, with $62,232.29 in excess fees.
Oliver says this is a good thing but it will decrease the amount seen from the office next year.
Meanwhile, Nelson talked about people stealing road signs in his district, the Fifth District. He said this can be a safety issue, especially if a new ambulance driver or other emergency worker is trying to find a residence.
“I don’t know how it is in the rest of the county, but in the Fifth District, in the Roaring Springs and Caledonia area, we’ve had a number of thefts of various kinds of road signs,” Nelson said. “In fact, there’s a rash that I’ve noticed in the last few months.”
Wright, who represents the First District, says the thefts are happening in his district as well.
One sign in particular, Nelson said, was a caution sign indicating a blind curve that was requested by a constituent, and it didn’t even last a day before it was stolen.
Nelson said he was told by Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam that he is willing to monitor for any future sign thefts, possibly with trail cameras. The Fiscal Court took no action on this matter.
And Humphries said they’ve been doing their best to keep tree limbs away from power lines so that they can’t fall on top of them, as they did during the ice storm in 2009. It’s best to cut the limbs away from power lines and roads while there are still leaves on them, as they’ll be heavy enough that they can be more easily pulled down.