County to consider budget

The Wilson County Commission will meet Monday, after its usual meeting every third Monday was delayed a week due to the fair.
Aug 23, 2013

The Wilson County Commission will meet Monday, after its usual meeting every third Monday was delayed a week due to the fair.

One big item on the agenda for the commission will be the 2013-14 fiscal year budget for Wilson County.

In the previous weeks and after numerous adjustments, the Budget Committee passed all budgets, including county and schools.

The Wilson County Board of Education’s $115 million budget includes a 1.5 percent raise for certified employees.

County employees, with the exception of elected officials, would also get a 2.5-percent raise according to the county budget passed by the committee. This would 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 the committee felt should be taken care of in the coming year.

Items for needs funding include:

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

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

• $261,000 for two new school resource officers for Lebanon schools 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 and 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.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the county’s proposed annual budget at 6 p.m. in the County Commission Room of the courthouse in Lebanon. Citizens are encouraged to come and express their opinions and concerns on the proposed budget.

The commission meeting will follow at 7 p.m., where both budgets will go before the full commission.

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