County officials must pass budget twice before new fiscal year begins on July 1
On Thursday night, the Madison County Commission held its monthly agenda review meeting before this morning’s June meeting of the full commission.
Today the commission will vote for the first time on the county’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget. The commission must vote and pass the budget two times before it becomes final. The new budget year begins July 1.
Two issues that The Jackson Sun has been following came up Thursday night and will be voted as part of the budget today.
The Jackson-Madison County Library normally is funded equally under a joint agreement with the county and the city of Jackson. The county increased its funding of the library in the current fiscal year and plans to do so again in the new year.
After 5 years of additional funding behind the back of the county, the city now complains that due to back liquor-by-the-drink tax payments the city owed to the county for education, city officials said they would only be able to give the library the same amount of funding as in 2013-14. (Edited)
In the new fiscal year, as in 2013-14, the city will pay half of a previously approved $975,000 budget for the library. In 2013-14, the county paid an additional $263,244 to increase the library’s budget to about $1.2 million.
For the 2014-2015 library budget, the city is paying $487,500. In their proposed budget, county officials have discussed paying an additional $127,000 for a total of more than $600,000 for the library.
The library still will be short roughly $127,000 compared with the 2013-14 budget.
“They’re going to get funded the $127,000 (from the county), but they’re still going to be short,” said Mike Nichols, Madison County finance director. “The library’s in a better spot, but the county is not. The city’s in the same position.”
Also, the contractor working on constructing a separate euthanasia building for the county’s Rabies Control center was asking for an additional $4,400 to help cover the cost for increased labor and for having a testing agent come test the soil.
Chris Herron from John Herron Construction Company won the bid for the building for $41,800, but he ran into trouble when the hole he was digging for the foundation filled with water when he began the fourth side.
The county was going to have to pay the additional $4,400, but the county Health Department will absorb the extra cost, Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said.
“(The Health Department) is a part of the general fund, so it would be coming out of county funds. (But) they have the same amount of money (as they had before),” Nichols said. “In essence they wouldn’t spend it on something else they wanted to spend it on.”