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Morgan commission happy with level-funding budgets

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

Morgan County commissioners were pleased Tuesday as they received budget requests for level funding from most department heads.

Commissioners and Chairman John Glasscock agreed on nearly every budget that officials and employees presented.

If the numbers go as predicted, Glasscock said, the county will be able to operate without taking money from the Road and Bridge fund.

Three department heads asked for a little extra.

Emergency Management Agency Director Eddie Hicks asked for a new vehicle and another employee.

Sales Tax Director Ed Sims asked for $50,000 for business auditing.

Sims told the commission that it has been four years since businesses were audited.

Board of Registrars Chairwoman Adonis Bailey is requesting funding to attend a training conference regarding elections.

Bailey pointed out that the county will have six elections in 2008, including first-time presidential primaries. She said the conference, which will be in Kentucky, would be beneficial for handling the elections.

Data processing, engineering and archives each requested level funding for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The budget hearing process is preliminary and commissioners will meet several more times to consider certain requests before finalizing the General Fund budget.

Glasscock said that, for the first time in three years, the commission has not called for reduction of department budgets.

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