Committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court today will consider a number of proposed appropriation ordinances, including money for the jail, Coroner’s Office, the Road Department and to pay overtime for employees of the County Clerk’s Office who worked during early voting.
Regarding the jail, the proposed ordinance calls for transferring $100,000 from the juvenile detention center to the adult jail, with the funds being used for parts and repairs, maintenance and services, and telephone and fax.
Another proposed appropriation ordinance scheduled for discussion would add $1,200 to the 2018 budget of the Third Division of Circuit Court. Judge Bill Benton said in a letter to County Attorney Jackie Harris that the money is needed for maintenance and operations expenses.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley has asked that $3,180 that is currently in his budget be moved around, with $1,500 going to pay telephone and fax bills, postage, internet access and to cover the money paid to deputy coroners.
Regarding overtime for deputy county clerks who worked early voting, County Clerk Shawndra Taggart said in a letter to members of the county’s legislative body that, normally, deputy clerk’s would be given comp time, but with the approaching holidays and limited staff, it would be impractical while trying to operate her office in an efficient manner.
She is asking for a total of $6,500, which would be transferred from other line items in her budget. No new money would be needed.
Also on the agenda is a $17,972.43 appropriation for the county Road Department, with the money coming from a check the county received from FEMA due to flooding in May and June.
Court committees begin at 5:30 p.m.