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Judge executive presents FY 2014-2015 budget

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By William Carroll

Spencer County Judge Executive Bill Karrer presented his 2014-2015 budget to the Spencer County Fiscal Court Monday evening for the first time during the court’s regularly scheduled meeting. The proposed budget totals $6,483,061.84 in expenditures. This total includes general fund expenditures of $4,476,277.84, road fund expenditures of $1,688,434 and jail fund expenditures of $318,350.
Revenues under the budget proposal total $5,963,061.84, with carryovers from 2013-2014 totaling $520,000, bringing the funds available to the same $6,483.061.84. Magistrates took no action on the proposed budget as Monday was their first opportunity to review the matter.
The court approved several matters presented to it on Monday. Magistrates Hobert Judd and Woodie Cheek were absent leaving only three magistrates and Karrer to vote on issues.
Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Coulter presented a request for additional radios. Coulter said that in a possible emergency situation his department does not have enough radios to cover the entire county. Coulter asked for four handheld radios at an approximate cost of $550.00 each. Coulter also requested extra batteries for the radios at a cost of $61 each. Magistrates unanimously approved Coulter’s request 4-0.
The court also unanimously approved signing a new agreement with Kentuckiana Works, the Louisville region’s employment services organization. Previously, magistrates wanted some information on what types of job programs KW has in Spencer County. After several months of attempting to obtain information about KW’s programs the magistrates were finally given a detailed outline of the entities’ programs.
Magistrates were evenly split on a request made by Coroner Danny Hilbert for a carport for his department’s vehicle. Hilbert presented two proposals, one for $2,515 including anchors and another proposal for $2,055 without anchors. Magistrate David Goodlett and Karrer voted in favor of the request while magistrates Mike Moody and Jerry Davis voted against the proposal.
In other matters before the court:
• Magistrates unanimously approved the county’s monthly expenditures.
• Magistrates also unanimously approved the second reading of the Kentucky Association of Counties land lease agreement for the purpose of funding the levee recertification project.
• The court tabled a second reading of a magistrate information ordinance that would require the county judge to immediately notify magistrates when any issue occurs involving county employees or county equipment. Karrer said that he had previously voted against the measure and did not want to bring the matter to a vote for fear his one lone no vote would cause the measure to fail.
• The court heard the recommendation regarding the property owned by Edgar Ray Thompson off of Normandy Road. Several citizens were present to protest the proposed zoning change from R-1 to RM-1.
• Karrer informed the magistrates that the bridge is completed on Old Heady Road but that someone failed to order the guardrails for the structure. Karrer said the project will be formally completed when the guardrails arrive.