Quorum court expected to adopt 2015 budget procedures

A resolution adopting policies and procedures for the 2015 Jefferson County budget is expected to be approved when the Jefferson County Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the quorum courtroom.

The resolution, which received a do-pass recommendation from the finance committee of the county’s legislative body last week, calls for Jefferson County Treasurer Elizabeth Rinchuso to project the expected county revenue for next year by Aug. 25, and the finance committee will take that projection and set percentage guidelines for the 2015 budget when they meet Sept. 2.

On Sept., 8 the first of two public hearings to receive comments and suggestions for spending money from the county general fund will be held at 6 p.m., following the regular meeting of the quorum court.

No later than Sept. 19, all county departments, offices and agencies or other agencies or departments requesting money from the county will submit their proposed budgets to the county judge’s office, and by the end of the next week, Sept. 26, those budgets will be assigned to the appropriate committee for review and recommendations.

For example, the budgets for the sheriff’s office, adult detention center and juvenile jail will be assigned to the public safety/emergency services committee while the budget for county buildings will go to the building and grounds committee.

By Nov. 4 each committee assigned to review a budget will submit their recommendations to the finance committee for review and recommendations. The entire budget will be returned to the county judge’s office Nov. 10 with the recommendations of the finance committee.

A second public hearing will be held on the budget at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, and the entire 2015 budget will be adopted Dec. 8.

According to the resolution, all budget requests must include a personnel schedule showing position and salary requested, total expenditures for 2013, 2014 supplemental appropriations if any and the actual to-date expenditures for the first nine months of this year. It must also include the 2014 appropriation approved by the court.

Other items on the agenda Monday include:

• A proposed resolution appointing John Mitchell to the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Historical Museum Commission to serve the remainder of the term of the late Rick Joslin.

• A proposed appropriation ordinance adding $31,500 to the 2014 county buildings budget to cover unexpected costs of elevator repairs and a new chiller for the air conditioning unit at the courthouse.

• A proposed appropriation ordinance adding $6,000 to the budget of the Jefferson County clerk to pay for maintenance and operation of software.

• A proposed $1,816.12 appropriation to establish a 2014 budget for boating safety, with the funds to be used to support the sheriff’s office waterborne operations.