June 19, 2013 Edition

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Justices review budget

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Quorum Court held a special meeting Monday to review the budget.

Justice Junior Briner reported to the court that the budget is $242,000 less than the predicted amount for this time. He said that the property taxes in October should offset this amount.

The reason for the miscalculation is partly due to money being handled differently. Briner explained new laws required separate accounts for different grants, which means not as much money goes into the general fund.

He also said that many court fines have been less than predicted causing a decreased amount in the general fund.

District Court Judge Jason Marshall presented his plans for a full-time probation officer. He said that having someone assigned to this position will bring in more money through fine payments and will cut costs by preventing unnecessary court appearances.

The court approved the appropriation of $6,000 to pay the remainder of the year's salary for soon-to-be hired probation officer, Magen Price.

"The plan is for the position to start paying for itself before the appropriated funds run out," Judge Marshall said.

Also at the meeting:

  • the court reviewed numbers for the cost of the 911 Communication Center upgrades and tabled a decision until further research can be done.

  • the court designated $8,000 from the Circuit Court budget to Circuit Court Judge Kevin King to hire an additional probation officer.

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