2010-08-18 / Other Jenkins News

County looks for more revenue

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Everyone could use a little more “jingle” in their pockets, the county being no exception.

Jenkins County Board of Commission Chairman James Henry noted during a recent meeting of the group that the county would have to dip into its reserve funds to compensate for some of the 2010-2011 budgetary needs and that ways of increasing revenues should be explored, including the possibility of accepting donations from citizens that could be used as a tax write-off.

On the expense side, Chairman Henry called attention to several items contributing to the budget shortfall; health insurance costs for employees were expected to increase by 10 percent, making the annual cost approximately $235,000; elections costs for 2010-2011 were predicted to be $50,000, at the minimum; employee retirement will increase by $16,000, bringing the annual total to $116,000; the Jenkins County Sheriff Department’s expenses were predicted to increase by $117,000 with the county’s portion of a grant for the department adding an additional $23,000 to the budget; employees’ salary increases, at a rate of 3 percent, would add an additional $56,565, plus Social Security and Medicare costs; concrete grinding was estimated to generate $30,000 in expenses; volunteer fire departments were budgeted $45,000; renovations to the Soil Conservation Office building was expected to run around $38,000; monitoring of wells and new cell at the Jenkins County Landfill would increase by at least $30,000; an air conditioning system for the Jenkins County Memorial Library would cost $8,000; additional election machines would add $4,000; and new radio equipment would cost $30,000.

It was also pointed out that $200,000 of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Funds #5 was designated for industrial development.

In other matters, water backup on Hiltonia Road was brought to the commissioners’ attention by a local citizen. The back up was determined to have been caused by a pond on the south side of the road. The commissioners discussed what needed to be done to alleviate the situation and to prevent a reoccurrence.

Other actions taken by the commissioners included adopting the first draft of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance as required by the federal government and approving the gift of a 1989 GMC fire truck to District #5 South Jenkins County Volunteer Fire Department as recommended by Fire Chief Dwayne Herrington.

Editor’s note - The commissioners announced this week that the final draft of the county’s 2010-2011 budget will not require a tax increase.

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