While that was good news,
Last year, the council made a 25 percent, across-the-board budget cut to help with the budget deficit and financial issues facing the county. However, while some officeholders are still trying to deal with those cuts and hope to have budgets restored, the
The parks 2014 budget was approved at
In 2013, the parks department faced the same issue, but the council managed to fund half the 2013 budget out of the riverboat fund. But there is no guarantee there will be enough money in the riverboat account to fund half of the parks budget in 2014.
"We have done this for six years now. We need to find a permanent solution [to funding issue]," Parks Director
Jeffers said the
Jeffers also said that the parks department had
"I understand there is no money, but I have to have a budget," Jeffers said.
However, the county is expected to have only
NEW COMPUTERS NEEDED
Walker said he has worked out a five-year purchase plan with Dell that will cost the county
Some of the old computers will be repurposed, Walker said. He said the county's new computers will run Windows 8, and that all of the computers will be under warranty for five years, and the county will own the equipment once the lease expires.
Walker said the new computers can be paid for with the
While the council could not make a formal vote since the request was not advertised, they gave Walker the approval to get the process moving.
PUBLIC DEFENDER PAY
The council tabled a request from Chief Public Defender
When the council made 25 percent across-the-board cuts last year to contractual services, public defenders' pay was included. Their pay, of
"If we approve this, it will open the door for other officeholders to come back and ask us to reinstate their funds. That could be problematic," said Council Vice President
If pay is reduced by one-third, that means the caseloads will be reduced as well.
Biggs was told to come back next month. The public defenders' pay is the same as it was in 1981, he said. He also said either side -- county or public defender -- can void a contract within 30 days notice.
"I think there is a big distinction between professional services and those services for [items like copier] maintenance," council member
While Biggs was told to come back,
"You keep beating yourself to death over something you will eventually approve," Hancock told the council. "All we are asking for is what we had last year, and the year before that and the year before that. I will come and get a chuckle next month if you want me to."
But the council approved his request, 5-2.
POLL EQUIPMENT APPROVED
The council approved
DOCTOR'S CONTRACT RESTORED
The council also approved to restore the jail doctor's pay to
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