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September 12, 2013

Panel OKs moving BSF project under its own budget

CROSSVILLE — County commissioners on the budget committee decided to put the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center project into its own special project budget fund during last week's meeting.

Last month the county approved the fiscal year 2013-'14 budget and the BSF project was included in the general fund in order to prevent any cash flow issues because it is being funded through reimbursement grants from the state.

Last month, Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, said he had been in touch with state officials via email and it was determined the county could take the Big South Fork Visitor's Center construction project out of the general fund budget and place it in a special capital project of its own and the county could borrow the funds from the fund balance in order to pay for the project, since the county has to pay for the project ahead of time and then be reimbursed by the state.

Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock said he would rather have the county approve the budget the way it was prepared and then come back and change it if the state said it was OK to do so.

During last week's budget meeting, Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, moved to move the BSF project out of the general fund and into its own special project fund under capital projects.

The motion was supported by Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner, and unanimously approved.

Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. said the project is currently running on time and the contractor expects the building to be "in the dry" by sometime in October and they will continue working inside the building.

The committee then approved a motion to undo its previous actions of placing the BSF project budget under the general fund.

The county commission will also address the action of the committee during its meeting later this month.

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