JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – County commissioners met  via Zoom Monday evening, approving both the 2020-21 tax levy and the 2020-21 fiscal year budget appropriations. This concluded the county’s budgetary process.  The tax levy rate of $2.0659 was approved unanimously. This is the same tax levy rate as last year, according to assistant finance director Richard Terry. These funds are distributed to be used in various ways.  This consists of the county general fund at 83.23 cents, sanitation at 14.89 cents, ambulance service at 11.6 cents, industrial and economic development fund at 2.55 cents, Highway and public works at 5.1cents, general purpose school fund at 64.32 cents, general debt service at 16.77 cents, general capital projects at 8.06 cents. This totals the $2.0659.

Commissioners also approved a budget appropriations resolution. According to Terry, the appropriation amounts are $15,191,523 in the general purpose fund, $2,310, 995 in the sanitation fund, $3,233,904 in the ambulance service, $998,920 in the industrial economic development fund, $95,361 in the special purpose retiree fund, $18,908 in the drug control fund, $5,390,431 in the highway and public works fund, $42,558,794 in the general purpose school fund, $7,276,791 in the school federal projects fund, $4,416,146 in the school cafeteria fund, $1,620,766 general debt service fund, $1,212,004 in the general capital projects fund, and other capital projects at $2,993,306. These fund appropriations all together equal a total of $93,227,849.

Commissioner Ralph Davis made a motion to get quotes and make an emergency purchase of either bullet proof or store front glass for the trustee’s office. Commissioners confirmed with Trustee Monty Bullock about the need for the safety glass. The purchase will not exceed $20,000.

Davis said he felt the office needed bullet proof glass because of the money that is taken in at that office. He also said the glass would help protect those employees from the COVID-19 virus. According to Davis, the glass needs to be installed by October when Monty Bullock’s office will be at its busiest.

“I’m good with it as long as that’s what Monty wants and as long as there’s money in the budget for it,” Commissioner Rusty Orick said.

Commissioners voted in approval of the emergency purchase with a vote of 10 yes and one no.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2020-6AM)