WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/29/13) - The Webster County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the 2013-14 Budget Monday morning in Dixon. The total balanced budget for the upcoming year totaled $14,066,897.
The largest source of income in this budget is a Local Economic Development Grant for $3,643,335. The Webster County Jail will also add $1,216,769 from housing State Inmates during the Fiscal year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The budget must be presented to the Department of Local Government for approval. Approval is expected in time for the court to approve and adopt the budget by July 1, 2013.
Built into the new budget is a 2% pay increase across the board.
“I really wish we could do more, but with circumstances as they are, I think we have been fortunate to be able to do the 2%,” said Judge Executive Jim Townsend.
“A lot of counties can’t afford any increase,” added Webster County Treasurer Paula Guinn
Magistrates also approved allotments for the staff of the county’s elected officials. The highest went to the Webster County Jailer, who will have $1,868,562 to spend on deputies and assistants in the new fiscal year. The Sheriff was allotted $520,058. The other elected officials were the County Clerk with $225,996; Judge Executive at $103,564; County Attorney with $81,672; and Coroner with $5,447.
Salaries of the elected officials themselves are determined by the state.
The ambulance board submitted a budget of $520,150, which was approved by the court.
Like everyone else, the County Government is facing an increase in insurance rates. Magistrates approved a proposal to pay $580.52 per month for all employees, a $10 increase from last year. That will allow the county to keep the premiums for employees on the single plan at $95.
At the meeting the court also awarded road bids for the next fiscal year. Hagen and Stone had the winning bid for pipe and culverts. The Rogers Group and Madisonville Stone will provide all crushed stone that will be picked up by the county, while Ware Trucking will handle all pickup, delivery and spreading of all other stone. Crown Contracting had the winning bid for all Chip and Seal jobs. The final bid, for paving jobs in Webster County, went to both Madisonville Asphalt and Ware trucking, who were within five cents of each other on the bid.
J-E News Editor
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