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Trimble Fiscal Court approves $11K of soil conservation district's requested $137,200
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 11:00 AM
The Trimble County Fiscal Court approved $11,000 for the county soil conservation district's annual budget during a meeting Monday.
The district requested $137,200 for its budget after months of discussion, but magistrates decided to approve the amount they had budgeted for this year - $11,000. Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell said the county doesn't have the extra money this year.
The district initially requested more than $144,000 for the 2013-2014 budget, which magistrates denied. After months of submitted paperwork and budget reviews, the soil conservation district resubmitted an annual budget totaling $137,200.
The county's soil conservation district chairman Jonathan Turner said the annual budget showed an effort on the part of the district to do more for the local area, including the beginning of new programs and additional education opportunities with local schools.
"The county cannot commit funds it does not have," Powell said.
Turner asked about a millage tax for the special taxing district so that funding for the additional programs would be available.
Magistrate Steven Stark said the new insurance tax implemented earlier this year met resistance from the public.
"We've already put in a new tax people aren't happy with," Stark said.
Powell said a millage tax for the soil conservation district would only benefit a select few. Turner disagreed, calling the district a "total benefit" for the community.
"There's a big difference between what we did (a new tax) for and what you want it for," Powell said.
Powell also noted the soil conservation district operated with a $6,000 allotment last year.
The district always requested more than what they've been given, Turner said.
"We've never got what we ask for as long as I know," he said.
Magistrate David Scott said he wouldn't approve an additional tax at this time.
"I'm certainly not in favor of a millage tax," he said. "Definitely not at a time like this."
Magistrates agreed to provide the $11,000 they had set aside for the county soil conservation district. Powell said he would send a letter outlining why the Fiscal Court denied the budget request by the end of the business day.
Also during the meeting, magistrates discussed the need for an additional truck at the county road department. One of the department's trucks no longer runs well and would take a lot of work to fix, road department supervisor Kenny Tindle said.
A new truck purchased under state contract would cost from $25,000 to $30,000, Powell said.
Magistrate Nolan Hamilton asked if another solution could be found instead of purchasing a new truck.
"I just think we're in a financial situation where we can't do that," Hamilton said.
Magistrates agreed to look into purchasing a used truck from the state's used fleet.
"I think we need to find something a little more reasonable," Scott said.
In other business:
Magistrates agreed to name the upper baseball field at the Trimble County park after Christopher Goodin, a Trimble County youth who died recently. A sign has already been put up in his honor.
"I think it's a fine thing to do in remembrance of him," Magistrate Kirby Melvin said.
Magistrates approved an increase of the 4 percent compensating rate for the 2013-2014 tax rate. Tax rates will be 7.7 cents per $100 of assessed property, which is an increase from 7.6 cents per $100 from last year.
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