November 10, 2010 Edition

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JPs approve 2011 budget

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Quorum Court addressed several issues concerning the county's finances at its meeting on Monday night.

The 2011 budget was discussed and approved. Projected revenue for 2011 is $3,490,100. There will be a 10 percent holdback to provide a buffer for emergencies.

Latham also announced that the county has been awarded a grant of $51,527 from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Law enforcement will use $17,061 to combat terroristic activities and $34,466 will go to the Lawrence County Communications Center for Emergency-911 operations.

In addition, funds were appropriated for end-of-the-year salary adjustments and longevity pay of $150 per year of service for each of the county's eight elected officials.

"The elected officials do without these adjustments if the budget is not in good shape at the end of the year," said County Clerk Tina Stowers.

"Employees already have raises annually built into the budget."

Elected officials include the county judge, clerk, circuit clerk, treasurer, sheriff, assessor and coroner.

An insurance check for $68,333 has been received for the excavator that burned recently in Alicia. The money will be appropriated into the road department's account at the next meeting.

County Judge Alex Latham received approval from the Quorum Court for the county to enter short-term financing for three years to finance the balance amount to purchase a used excavator, which is a 2009 Linkbelt with 798 clock hours.

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