Light agenda faces Quorum Court Monday


A light agenda will face the Jefferson County Quorum Court when they meet 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Only four items are on the agenda, two of those added since committee meetings Dec. 4.

One of the additions will transfer a total of $64,000 from the salaries and fringe benefits accounts of the County Assessor’s Office to the maintenance and operations budget of the office to cover software maintenance, licensing and purchasing new equipment.

Prior to the committee meeting, County Assessor Yvonne Humphrey sent a note to the county’s legislative body indicating that yearly maintenance on software for her office was needed to operate within state guidelines and estimated the costs at $50,510.32. She said the office was also spending an average of $11,000 a month for fuel, and because 2013 is a reappraisal year, an estimated $20,000 will be needed to cover the costs of mailing out reappraisal notices.

Also new on the agenda for Monday will be an appropriation ordinance of $136,658.45 for the County Road Department to repay the department for the costs of fuel and repairs to county vehicles for a number of agencies and departments.

An ordinance transferring $2,500 from the salaries account of county buildings to the maintenance and operation account will be voted on. County Building Superintendent Thomas Tidwell said the money is needed to finish out the year.

A $15,062 appropriation from the Circuit Court Automation Fund for the 2012 budget for court automation is also scheduled to be voted on. Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr. said in a letter to County Judge Mike Holcomb that no county general money is needed for this action because the fund is paid for by a $5 monthly fee by everyone placed on probation.

The meeting Monday will be the last regular monthly meeting for Holcomb, as well as for three members of the Quorum Court.

Holcomb did not seek re-election, choosing instead to run for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Justice of the Peace the Rev. H. O. Gray was defeated in his bid for re-election; Justice of the Peace Alfred Carroll did not seek another term, choosing instead to run for county judge but not winning that seat; and Justice of the Peace Doug Brown, who replaced the late Justice of the Peace Cleddie Shock who died this summer, was not eligible to run for the seat because of the terms of his appointment.

The Quorum Court will meet again Monday, Dec. 17, to approve the 2013 budget.