BONIFAY — The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners went into their second week of reviewing the budget during their special session on July 23 to decide what the proposed millage rate will be submitted during next week’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office brought in a revised version of their budget, reducing it by $7,802 from their previous budget submission in efforts to encourage the county to consider another deputy position to be added.
“We devised to add another deputy by taking away our bonuses,” said Sheriff Tim Brown.
Commissioner Kenneth Williams suggested that they eliminate one of the two deputies’ positions at the courthouse to give more towards hiring one to watch the county.
“First of all that was the judge’s call to increase security at the courthouse,” said Brown. “Second, we don’t have anyone to relieve the that one deputy, which means that the area’s security would be compromised every time he had to use the bathroom or eat lunch.”
Williams suggested a possible part time position to cover for the first deputy.
“I have a problem with the weekend having only two guys watching over Holmes County and during the week there’s two guys watching the courthouse,” said Williams. “My first priority isn’t the courthouse, it’s those who need protection in Holmes County because that’s who I serve; Holmes County.”
Brown said he’d look into other possible ways of amending the issue to bring before the board.
Brown also agreed to become more actively involved in finding ways to save money on inmate medical expenses.
“If you can save some money then that’s money that can be saved towards your contingency funds,” said Williams. “Look at it some more because I think we’re really close to our goal here.”
Board approved to advertise for a new recycling and litter full time position with the Holmes County Recycling Center, which was made possible by an increase of $20,000 a year through a Solid Waste Grant.
“It’s a good idea,” said Williams. “We get enough calls for litter alone to keep him busy at all times. We’ll also need him to have the qualifications required to supervise inmate labor if he needs assistance.”
Williams added that it might be a good idea to look into finding ways of investigating where the trash is coming from and issuing fines to generate revenue and reduce littering.
In the area of transportation they found they were using more on road materials and having to pull from bridge funds so they agreed to flip the allotted amounts for next year’s budget.
“I also see that the income from the road signs is down,” said Williams. “Could it be because we aren’t doing private signs any more?”
Road Department Hubert Hendrix agreed that might be a distinct possibility.
Chair Monty Merchant said that the purpose of adjusting the budget is to prepare the Board to set a fairly proposed millage rate during the next regularly scheduled meeting.
“We need to be ready to set the millage rate for next Tuesday night,” said Merchant. “It’s kind of the purpose of these meetings; to see if we can get everything lined up and balanced out.”
The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at the Holmes County Board of County Commission chamber located behind the Holmes County Court House in Bonifay.