November 16, 2016 Edition

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Justices approve budget

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Quorum Court set the 2017 county budget at Monday night's meeting. County general appropriations totaled to $3,411,068.45, while the county road fund was set at $1,960,554.96.

Also at the meeting, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp presented information on American Silica's tax back program request. The refund, which represents a portion of sales tax spent in the county by Silica, is estimated to be upwards of $7,500 and is only given if Silica meets certain requirements. These include 28 jobs at 150 percent of the average payroll compared to the county or state, whichever is lower.

The facility is also projected to generate hundreds of thousands in property taxes. "They are going to be giving us more back than $7,500," Justice Alex Latham said.

County Judge Ann Pulliam was authorized to pursue lighting upgrades for the courthouse through an Entergy program that helps cover the cost of installation for efficient lighting.

The cost is projected at about $23,000, $15,000 will be at the cost of the county, about $5,000 of which will be paid by the individual offices.

Pulliam said the projected annual savings is $9,000.

Also at the meeting, justices approved:

the 2015 audit.

millage for the year 2016 to be levied in 2017.

two Caterpillar motor graders for the road department on 4-year lease, bringing the department up to four newly-leased graders.

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