TOP PHOTO: County Commissioners met Thursday evening to wrap up the fiscal year, approving budget resolutions and other business.
By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – County Commissioners met Thursday evening to wrap up the fiscal year, approving budget resolutions and other business.
There was a total of six end of year budget amendments. All were approved, except one.
The majority of the amendments regarded the general purpose school fund.
Also approved was an amendment to the County general fund of $25,000 for a balanced amendment.
These resolutions were the close out of remaining funds in the fiscal year.
Commissioner Chairman Johnny Bruce brought up a budget amendment, saying he “was keeping his word.”
The proposed budget amendment was for $46,000 to the County general fund for the Friends of Campbell County Animals (FCCA).
Commissioner Dewayne Baird said the amendment should have been in the budget and finance committee.
“It falls back on me, it should have been in committee. You can vote this budget amendment up or down,” Bruce said.
Commissioner Zach Marlow said the $46,000 is not in the contract and lease agreement.
“If we vote to give this $46,000, then we need to give every non-profit we fund $46,000. I cannot in good conscience vote for this. In the end, it will cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. It should have gone to committee,” Marlow said.
Commissioner Rusty Orick asked county attorney Joe Coker if it was in the contract.
“The $46,000 was not part of the original agreement which you passed,” Coker said.
Commissioner David Adkins said Bruce had “done what he said he he would by bringing it to the commission.”
“That’s why there is 15 of us. It doesn’t have to be personal. I understand you were just bringing it to the commission, and we can vote it up or down,” Adkins said.
This budget amendment failed with 12 no votes and three yes.
“I’ve done what I said I would do. In saying that, I appreciate you all,” Bruce said.
Also approved was for County Road Superintendent Dilbeck to sell a surplus piece of equipment to Fentress County for $8,000.
Also approved was an interlocal agreement between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Jellico Police Department for supplemental services.
According to Sheriff Wayne Barton, deputies would be paid $32 per hour. He also said Jellico had hired someone part time and that the Sheriff’s department might not even have to help.
“At least this way, the agreement is in place. The only thing we are not compensated for is the fuel and wear and tear to our vehicles,” Barton said.
Lonas Young/White Bridge RV Park rental rates were also set at Thursday’s meeting.
Rates were set at $35 a night Sunday through Thursday and $40 for weekends and holidays. This does not include the online reservation fee.
“This is trail and error; we may have to adjust these rates six months down the road,” Commissioner Dewayne Baird. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/30/2023-6AM)