2013 County Budget set for approval Monday

The Jefferson County Quorum Court will meet in special session Monday to approve the 2013 budget for both County General and the County Road Department.

The 2013 total budget is $12,720,512.26, a 1.05 percent increase over the 2012 budget, with that increase being the result of hikes in insurance and benefit rates.

The County General budget for next year will be $9,186,008.27 which is 1.31 percent above this year, while the County Road Department budget is set a $3,534,504, or .39 percent above this year.

Because of a projected shortfall that could reach $2 million next year, the 2013 budgets for the adult jail, juvenile detention center, and the Public Safety Sales Tax which funds several sources were extended for three months ending March 31,2013.

The proposed extension indicated that members of the Quorum Court, elected officials and department heads are “in need of more time to complete their due diligence to effectively address these issues.”

Twenty two separate appropriation ordinances are on the agenda for the meeting for Monday since some agencies and departments receive money from more than one source. For example, the 21013 budget for the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library was set at $600,000, and the 2013 budget for Juvenile Justice Education was set at $566,635. That money in large part comes from the Arkansas Department of Education.

A $9,980 budget was set for Circuit Court Automation, with that money coming from fees every person who is placed on probation in circuit court pays.

Because the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Fund receives its funding primarily from federal grants, the county’s legislative body will be required to approve two separate budgets, one for the final three months of 2012, the second for the first nine months of 2013.

A $47,600 budget for next year was set for the Public Defender’s Office, which will cover maintenance and expenses only since the employees in that office are paid by the state.

The meeting will start at 5:20 p.m. Monday in the Quorum Courtroom at the County Courthouse.