Committee passes all county budgets

Last Tuesday, the Wilson County Budget Committee passed all budgets for the 2013-14 fiscal year, including county and schools budgets.
Aug 12, 2013

 

Last Tuesday, the Wilson County Budget Committee passed all budgets for the 2013-14 fiscal year, including county and schools budgets.

After adjusting their budget several times, the Wilson County Board of Education presented a $115 million budget, including a 1.5 percent raise for certified staff members.

According to the board, PARCC devices mandated by the state for online testing will not be required until the 2014-15 school year, so it was able to defer $826,000 allocated for that in order to help balance the budget.

The board also pulled more than $3.4 million out of its fund balance to finance recurring expenses, leaving the fund balance at around $3.6 million.

County employees with the exception of elected officials will receive a 2.5 percent raise, according to the county budget passed Tuesday. This will be the first raise received by county employees in six years.

In approving the budget, the committee also agreed to leave the current property tax rate at $2.5704 for the next year.

The county budget also includes $1.8 million in growth money to be used on a needs basis for issues that the committee felt should be taken care of in the coming year.

Items included for needs funding:

• $500,000 for the 2.5 percent raise for county employees.

• $320,000 for three new emergency management techs and three new paramedics for the new Mt. Juliet fire station.

• $261,000 for two new school resource officers for the Lebanon Special Schools District and two new SRO supervisors.

• $150,000 for food and medical supplies for the jail.

• $65,000 for increased tipping fees to Smith County.

• $38,000 for additional personnel including a part-time employee in the Clerk & Master’s Office and the Trustee’s Office and a full-time employee in the County Clerk’s Office.

• $15,000 for part-time salaries for the Judicial Commission.

The county should have around $297,000 in growth money remaining after funding these items.

Both budgets must pass the Wilson County Commission at its next meeting Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

 

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