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County commends committee, passes budget

Caitlin Rickard • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:06 PM

The Wilson County Commission passed a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year Monday.

Within the passed budget, the Board of Education’s $115 million budget for the schools includes a 1.5 percent raise for certified staff members.

County employees, with the exception of elected officials, will also receive a 2.5 percent raise. This will be the first raise for county employees in six years.

The budget also leaves 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 Budget Committee felt should be taken care of in the coming year.

Commissioners considered and rejected two separate amendments, including an increase in rate of compensation for county commissioners and $99,000 for a Tourism Department.

“This Budget Committee has worked diligently to get this budget where it is, and I just wanted to commend them,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Finance Director Aaron Maynard also went before the full commission to thank those in the commission and committee members that worked to establish the budget up for approval.

“These people put in a lot of hours to get this thing done, and at the end of the day I think we came out with a good budget,” Maynard said.

“I would also like to commend Commissioner Justice and those on the Budget Committee for steering and leading and doing a great job,” County Mayor Randall Hutto said.

Full commission approved the appropriations for the various funds of Wilson County within the 2013-14 budget by a vote of 21 “yes” and 3 “no” votes.

Commissioners Bush, Clariday and Thomas voted against the budget. Commissioner Bradshaw was not present at the meeting.

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 SROs 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.

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