Holmes County BOCC reviews possible budget cuts

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 02:47 PM.

BONIFAY - The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners began refining the budget for the new fiscal year when they met Aug. 5.

"As you know, last week we set our tentative millage rate at last year's rate, which was 9.6605," said Chair Monty Merchant.

Merchant inquired how much of the budget was cut so far and was informed the amount was $110,522 to reach current millage. Commissioner Kenneth Williams inquired how much of a cut was needed to reach the roll back rate of 9.4912, and he was informed $177,259.

Suggestions for cuts after a line by line budget review include: reducing the janitorial contract from last year's amount of $36,000 to $30,000; cutting the Baker Act budget from $25,000 to $15,000; reducing funds earmarked for contracting with an animal control agency from $80,000 to $60,000; and cutting miscellaneous items by$39,000.

In other action, the board:

·  Approved names submitted to serve on the seven person emergency management committee

·   Scheduled a meeting, at 9 a.m., Nov. 3, with swearing in ceremonies at 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 for those election in the general election.

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