The Elbert County Board of Commissioners now has their finances in order heading into the next fiscal year.
Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas said they were working on the budget up until yesterday’s called meeting.
“As late as today we were still trying to tweak this budget. As I have mentioned before it’s probably the tightest one since I have been here”, said Thomas. “We are going into this next fiscal year in what I call a very precarious situation.”
The FY 2014 general fund budget for the county was approved in the amount of $10,063,101; with roughly $13,000 expected to be left over at the end of June 2014.
Included in FY 2014 budget discussions were allowing an additional $10,000 for the Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office, which would effectively double their budget share from Elbert County.
District Attorney Parks White requested the extra money earlier this month, and at the time, the Elbert County Commission said they couldn’t find the money.
White said that his budget is as fiscally responsible as it can be given the population in the circuit.
“At a local level I know we operate at much tighter belts, and I think that is a good thing, and I ensure you I am doing everything in my power to make sure we are operating with the tightest belt we can”, explained White. “That being said, I am absolutely confident that this is the most fiscally responsible budget I could come up with based on the population of the counties in the circuit.”
Proposed by the commission was to take the additional $10,000 out of the contingency fund, and replace that money with any surplus funds the county has after FY 2013 comes to a close later this month.
A motion was made to adopt the FY 2014 budget, and the motion passed with a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Harold Reynolds voting in opposition.
A motion was also made for the additional funding for the DA’s office, and that motion passed with a unanimous vote from the Elbert County Commission.