Multiple budgets approved by Quorum Court Monday


While the approval of the 2014 budget for County General and the County Road Department took center stage Monday night, the Jefferson County Quorum Court also approved a number of other budgets for agencies and departments that rely on funds from a variety of sources.

Included in those budgets was a $600,000 budget for the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, the same amount that was approved for 2013.

In addition to providing funding for the Sheriff’s Office and the Juvenile Justice Center, the one-cent Public Safety Sales Tax also funds rural fire departments and they will receive a total of $200,000 to be split between them from the tax. That figure is also the same as for the previous year.

A $47,600 budget for 2014 was approved for the Public Defender’s Office, with those funds going to maintenance and operational costs. The attorneys and staff at the office are state employees.

Also approved was a $60,000 budget to cover the cost of jury fees for the various divisions of Circuit Court next year. That money will come from County General.

A $566,635 budget for 2014 was approved for Juvenile Justice Education, with the state paying most of those costs.

Other 2014 budgets that were approved Monday included:

• $4,500 for the Jefferson County Adult Drug Court with the money coming from fees participants in the program pay.

• A $44,576 budget for the Tri-County Drug Task Force with those funds coming from a state fund.

• A $294,356 budget for Jefferson County Recycling programs in 2014.

• A $271,854 budget for Solid Waste Management.

• A $1.24 million budget for the Solid Waste Contract Fund.

• A $26,933 budget to employ a part-time Environmental Officer to enforce anti-dumping activities.

• A $486,668 budget for Jefferson County District Court. Of that figure, $243,334 will be taken from County General, $121,667 from the Public Safety Sales Tax and the remaining $121,667 from the quarter-cent sales tax approved for operation of the adult jail.

• A $110,075.55 budget for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Victim Witness Division, which is a nine-month budget that will end Sept. 30. The funding for that office comes from a state grant and is based on the fiscal year rather than the calendar year.