County Commission Approves BudgetOct 4th, 2011 | By Lynette | Category: Front Page
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The crowd was thin at the County Commission’s public hearing last Wednesday, despite the hearing being publicized twice, as noted by Tim Sanders, Clerk of the Court. Commission Chair Renetta Parrish welcomed Sheriff Ben Stewart, one of the few sitting in the audience, and Stewart replied, “I’m just glad to be here.”
The Commissioners then looked at the final version of the County’s budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012 as Sanders went over the various items. Also on hand were the Clerk’s Office staff, Lessia Freeman and Cody Tuten. Freeman and Tuten had put together the original tentative budget proposal and information packet that the Commissioners had looked at in another public hearing two months ago, and commissioners had praised them for their diligence and hard work as the county struggled with ways to reduce expenditures and find ways to zero out some of the negative balances.
Commissioner Roy Ellis noted that the budget “contains no capital outlay, and I hope we can survive the year.”
The Commission voted 3-2 to adopt the Budget for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 in the amount of $29,382,790, and set the millage rate at 9.5487 mills.