Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 7, 2014

County OKs continuing budget, year-end amendments

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County commissioners approved a continuing budget resolution during its June monthly meeting in order to keep governmental operations running in the county.

A continuing budget resolution has been passed each year when the county has been unable to adopt a new fiscal year budget by July 1.

County commissioners serving on the budget committee hope to approve a county budget later in July.

The continuing budget resolution allows county departments, offices and agencies to continue to expend funds at the same level and rate as budgeted in the 2013-'14 fiscal year budget.

The same property tax rate of $1.4975 per $100 of taxable property also remains in effect until a new property tax is adopted.

No funds can be spent or obligated beyond the amount approved in last year's budget.

The resolution was passed unanimously after a motion was made by Allen Foster, 4th District commissioner. Foster's motion was supported by Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner.

The county also approved several budget resolutions in a fiscal year wrap-up for many county departments including Cumberland County's general fund.

Budget amendment resolutions approved during the June meeting were:

• Resolution 06-2014-4 — General Purpose School Fund for $31,184.70 for travel and medical insurance.

• Resolution 06-2014-5 — General Purpose School Fund for $40,000 for medical insurance for the Special Education Department.

• Resolution 06-2014-6 — General Purpose School Fund for $59,003.02 for Special Education Department for educational assistants, other salaries and wages, Social Security and state retirement.

• Resolution 06-2014-7 — General Purpose School Fund for $94,800 for educational assistants and medical insurance. Funds to come from the teacher's line.

• Resolution 06-2014-8 — Sanitation fund for $7,556 for a grant for litter and trash pickup.

• Resolution 06-2014-9 — Sanitation fund for $9,503 for part-time personnel, $158 for benefits and $45 for benefits for budget overrun. Funds to come from laborers and longevity lines.

• Resolution 06-2014-10 — $51,500 for the debt service fund for sale of property. Funds to go into trustee's commission.

• Resolution 06-2014-11 — Highway fund for $70,660 for accepting mineral severance tax of $66,000, sale of recycled materials of $4,485 and miscellaneous refunds of $175. Fund balance will be increased by $64,731, the remainder will go toward Social Security, state retirement, longevity, trustee's commission and worker's comp lines.

• Resolution 06-2014-12 — County Health Department for $8,300 for liability insurance for physicians and instructional supplies. Funding received from the state to cover the costs.

• Resolution 06-2014-13 — Property assessor's office for $8,627 for data processing services performed by the state.

• Resolution 06-2014-14 — County clerk's office for $11,255 for computer replacement and upgrades.

• Resolution 06-2014-15 — Cumberland County General Fund for $79,948 for budget overruns in various departments in general county government operations. Funds of $42,080 to come from bank excise tax and $23,083 from undesignated fund balance.

County commissioners Brian Houston, 1st District; Caroline Knight, 2nd District; Charles Seiber, 4th District; Jan McNeil, 5th District; Mike Harvel, 7th District; and Sonya Rimmer, 8th District, did not attend the meeting.

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