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Year-End Budget Amendments Approved

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By MATTHEW STAFFORD

 

Jackson County Commissioners met in regular session last Monday and discussed year-end budget items.

The Budget Amendments discussed were:

Budget Amendment 101. The amendment cleans up numbers from previous budget amendments and moving $20,000 for overtime for the Ambulance Service and traffic school restriction fund that goes to General Session Court building improvements.

Budget Amendment 116. This amendment reallocates funds in the Solid Waste Department to help cover repairs for the trash truck.

Budget Amendment for the Sheriffs Department. This amendment moves $2,200 to cover the captain’s line, overtime pay and overtime pay for the guards at the jail.

Budget Amendments for the Jackson County Schools. Amendment 1 was for USDA money for the cafeteria fund. Amendment 3 was for a transfer of funds from general purpose to federal and a Tennessee Risk Management Grant in the amount of $9,600—part of the asbestosis abatement program. Amendment 4 is the money approved for the Summer Learning camp at Jackson County Schools.

The full budget is expected to be approved in August.

Next the Commissioners heard from Dale Smith about the American Legion’s Veterans Service Officers Replacement for Clay and Jackson County.

Smith explained that before Bob Cole started working for Clay and Jackson County six years ago, Clay County generated $3,729,000 for 538 veterans and Jackson County $4,852,000 for 869 veterans.

After Bob Cole started six years later Clay County generated $5,700,000 and Jackson County $7,201,000.

“I didn’t go to the veterans office for a long time, then after a trip with Leukemia and having cancer cut out of your nose I went to Bob Cole. Well I’m part of that seven million dollars,” Smith said.

Smith explained that the money is there, it’s just not presented to the veterans.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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