Board defunds human resources, IT jobs

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM.

Previously, Abbott had been against any tax increases, even though the Clerk of Courts had recommended to the board that they set the 2014 millage at 9.23 to provide adequate funding for the county.

County Attorney Jeff Goodman told the board that to change the millage rate at this point would require re-advertising and holding more public hearings. “The board would have to absorb the cost of that,” he said.

Deputy Clerk Johnnie Odom said the budget that the commissioners passed has enough money in it to pay for the three jobs that were deleted by the commission’s decision.

Abbott also told the commissioners that there was money in the budget to fund the three positions. “The money is there, if you all were even a little bit concerned you would spend some time at the clerk’s office and see the proof.”

Bush said the total budget for the county is $22,471,139 and the budget for the Sunny Hills MSBU is $599,186 for a total 2014 budget of $23,070,325.

Abbott told the commissioners that there was money in the budget to fund the positions.

“Three people are going to lose their jobs,” Abbott said. “I’m ashamed to be a part of it, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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