Budget Committee Met This Morning
Posted on January 10, 2013
The Giles County Commission’s Budget Committee met this morning to discuss several items of business.
Perceived discrepancies in the EMA budget were cleared up as it was explained that when they received a grant, they were initially told to report it to the state rather than the county. Therefore, when the audit reflected this they changed it and now report grant money to the county.
The committee voted to make Barry Whitt the head of five departments: the EMA, homeland security, county fire marshal, county safety officer, and the hazmat team. They moved $7900 out of the overtime funds in order to raise his salary to $52,000 a year. This way, he will not be eligible for further overtime payments, which will save the county money.
They also voted to advertise for bids for a generator for the courthouse annex building. As of now, there is no way to get power to the building, where the financial management and EMA offices operate, should a disaster cut the power off. If they lose power, they will be completely cut off. As of now, the estimate on the project is $87,000.
Commissioners voted against granting funds to make Judge Damron’s secretary a full-time position. Concerns were raised that if they spend money that was already taken out of the budget that would lead to problems.
The committee voted to allow the Circuit Court Clerk’s office to put money toward purchasing a software upgrade. They also approved the budget amendment and the transfer of funds that would be used to repair a county bridge. That transfer will have to be approved at the meeting of the full commission Tuesday, January 22. That meeting will be held in the courthouse at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public.