The Moody County Commissioners have been working the past few months on adopting a budget for 2014 that they see fit for the county. Last Tuesday afternoon, they approved that budget with a three percent increase from 2013’s final budget, equal to $4,159,975.00, which also includes an operating transfer to the Highway Fund in the amount of $1,075,000.00.
A lot of increases in department funding came in the form of employee salary increases and insurance packages but there are a few items that the Commissioners approved that are one-time expenses.
One of the most notable changes from 2013 to 2014 will be in the Sheriff’s budget. The Sheriff had a study done on his department to determine the correct amount of Deputies for the amount of workload the department has. The study revealed that the Sheriff’s office should have up to three more deputies on staff.
After reviewing the study, the Commissioners decided to budget money for one more deputy to go along with a new vehicle. The vehicle was already in the budget, as they get new ones every two years or so. Overall, the Sheriff’s budget is up 14% from this year’s budget, equaling $583,250.
One of the reason’s the Commissioners chose to only budget for one more deputy instead of the three that were suggested, was they are purchasing a new data processing program for the Sheriff’s department as well. The new system will work hand in hand with the City Police department as well as the Highway Department. The City and the County are sharing the cost of the new system but the County’s share still increased the Commissioner’s Data Processing budget by 48% for 2014.
The Commissioners also approved a one-time payment to the Boys and Girls Club of Moody County for $25,000 in support of the Club’s new home.
There are several items similar to the Boys and Girls Club payment that the Commission approved last year that are no longer on the budget, such as their one time support payment to the County Museum for $15,000 and the $15,000 they gave to the hospital for their project last year.
One more small item worth noting to the budget, with it being an election year, the ‘Election’ budget increased 1,100% - very normal for any election year. For the complete article see the 10-02-2013 issue.
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