March 10, 2010 Edition

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Quorum Court talks
about money issues

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

At its meeting on Monday night, the Lawrence County Quorum Court addressed money issues affecting the county.

Due to an auditor's advice, the county is changing the bookkeeping method used in dealing with the Emergency 911 system. Money will need to be appropriated from the general fund for Emergency 911 before bills can be paid. This change is pending approval of an ordinance to be presented at the April meeting.

County Judge Alex Latham said, "We know that the Emergency 911 program does not generate enough funds to be self-supporting, so the money comes from the general county fund. This has not changed, just the bookkeeping needs to be changed."

The Sheriff's Department acquired a Community-Oriented Policing Services technical grant of $50,000. This money will be used to purchase an automated fingerprinting system.

"This grant requires no matching funds from the county," said Sherriff Dan Ellison.

A 2009 budget cleanup ordinance was also passed.

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