First vote on budget expected Wednesday
Published 5:34 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Clark County magistrates are scheduled to vote on the $14.9 million budget for the coming fiscal year in a special meeting Wednesday.
The meeting will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday. No other items are on the agenda.
The first vote was scheduled for the court’s regular meeting May 10. Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said magistrate Greg Elkins will be out of town May 10 and wanted to be present for the first reading and requested a special meeting.
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The county, as well as the City of Winchester, must approve a second reading of the budget by June 30, the last day of the current fiscal year. The county, though, is required to submit a balanced budget to the state local finance officer for review following a successful first reading. Any changes made by the state finance officer can not be changed, though the court can alter other areas of the budget prior to a second reading.
The local finance officer has 20 days to review the county’s budget.
The proposed budget is about $200,000 more than the budget approved a year ago.
Of the $14.9 million budget, nearly $9 million is in the general fund. The road fund has slightly less than $2.2 million and the jail fund involved nearly $3 million.
In discussion during last week’s meeting, the magistrates made several changes, including cutting its budgeted payments for EMS and 911 services by $50,000 and $60,000 from budgeted transfers to the county jail fund. They also decided to eliminate $98,000 for a new dump truck for the road department. Those funds were reallocated within the road department’s budget.