The Jefferson County Quorum Court on Monday will consider a just-over $230,000 appropriation for the Juvenile Justice Center when it meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Quorum Courtroom. The funds will come from the one-cent Public Safety sales tax approved by county voters, and according to a list compiled by the sheriff’s office, almost $56,000 of that money will be used for salaries, while an additional $12,000 will be used for fringe benefits.
The breakdown calls for spending just over $50,000 for food for the remainder of the year, an additional $18,000 plus for janitorial supplies, $17,500 for fire and extended insurance coverage, and just over $16,000 for building materials and supplies. Jefferson County has received $105,303.82 from the Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste Management District and another appropriation ordinance calls for spending $92,154.53 for recycling activities.
Recycling Director Matt Earnest and Office Manager Sandra Graves submitted the request and asked that just over $39,000 of that appropriation be spent for parts and repairs and an additional $15,000 for small equipment. The balance of the requested appropriation will be spend for general supplies, fuel, tires, small tools, other professional services and advertising and publication.
Also on the agenda are two requests from Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt, who is asking for funding for the Circuit Court Automation Fund and the Jefferson County Law Library.
Wyatt said in memorandums to County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV and Finance Committee Chairman Herman Ginger that the appropriations for both will run out at the end of September, and he is asking for money to cover expenses through the end of the year. Specifically, Wyatt said expenses for the Automation Fund will be $4,271.92 for WestLaw access; $3,060 for a Microsoft license; $400 for .gov email and $500 for miscellaneous expenses, a total of $8,231.92. The automation fund has a current balance of $13,264.91.
The law library fund has a balance of $50,0775.13, and Wyatt listed expenses for the library as $9,140.76 for WestLaw access; $5,336.43 for West Publishing: and $120.03 for Internet access, a total of $14,597.22.