Proposed 2011 budget increase due to new jail
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 23, 2011 | 2053 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bartow County commissioner will meet with department heads Wednesday to discuss the 2011 budget.

Clarence Brown said every year officials hold a public hearing to discuss the budget, or what they expect the budget to be. This year's expected budget is $105,107,800.

"It's always a guess. There is no way in the world we can hit it right on the head," Brown said.

Brown said the county is already over budget by a little due to overtime paid to workers during the snowstorm earlier this month.

County Administrator Steve Bradley said he feels the situation is acceptable, although not ideal. "If we get another storm, it can stress us on the budget."

Bradley said each year officials try to build in funds because they anticipate bad weather, but his hope is no additional weather expenses are incurred this year.

Meanwhile, according to Bradley, the proposed 2011 budget shows a $1.5 million increase in the general fund budget, mainly because of the new jail expansion.

"That's going to require more staffing. We're going to have to hire 14 more jail deputies," he said.

Likewise, new vehicles need to be purchased to replace ones they can no longer get life out of. "We have to keep good working equipment out there to be able to deliver the services we need," Bradley said.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Commissioner's Conference Room, 135 W. Cherokee Ave. Below are highlights of some of the items on the proposed 2011 budget:

* Commissioner's Office $870,400

* Magistrate Court $626,600

* Superior Court $791,000

* Juvenile Court $1,149,000

* Sheriff $19,055,000

* District Attorney, $701,800

* Tax Commissioner $1,295,000

* Road Department $4,744,800

* Recreation $2,124,2000

* Fire $6,871,4000

* Water Department $12,536,500

* Senior Services $478,700