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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Glasscock wants to level-fund nonprofit agencies in 2008

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County Commission Chairman John Glasscock and two of his employees presented a proposed budget Thursday that did not include E-911 or the William Bradford Huie Library of Hartselle.

The proposed general fund budget level-funded other non-profit agencies.

Glasscock proposed to keep it that way. He gave commissioners an ultimatum to give extra money to the agencies of their choice from their individual budgets.

District 2 Commissioner Ken Livingston and District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy apparently didn't have a problem with that, but District 4 Commissioner Stacy George did.

District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark was not at the meeting because he's out of town, and George was late. Glasscock called for a vote on the level funding and Livingston and Murphy approved it.

Reversal demand

George arrived toward the end of the meeting and demanded reversal of the action.

Glasscock told him it was only the initial stage of the budget process, but George said Glasscock shouldn't have removed allotments without conferring with all the commissioners.

George moved to put the money for E-911 and the library back into the budget. He and the other two commissioners approved it. That means E-911 will possibly be level-funded at $61,640 and the library at $10,000.

Earlier during the meeting, Deputy Administrator Carol Long said the financial condition of the county for 2008 looks good. Long said it appears that no money will have to be taken from the commissioners' Road and Bridge Fund to balance the general fund budget.

Budget hearings for all county departments begin July 24.

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