Pickens year-end budget review

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JASPER, Ga. – January’s meeting of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners brought with it the final budget report of FY 2018.

Entering the new year showcases departments both over and under. Most notably, the budget sat at 97.92% ($25,648,382) of total revenue collected.

On the other side, total expenditures came in at 92.72% ($24,287,881).

Individual Departments and Offices over-budget at the end of December include:

  • Sheriff was budgeted at $6,663,915. The 2019 Actual was $6,759,370, achieving 101.43% of the budget.
  • Probation & Drug Abuse Funds was budgeted at $27,500. The 2019 ACtual was $58,984, achieving 214.49% of the budget.
  • General Gov Buildings was budgeted at $420,728. The 2019 Actual was $522,158, achieving 124.11% of the budget.
  • Superior Court & Grant Admin was budgeted at $365,124. The 2019 Actual was $395,334, achieving 140.14% of the budget.
  • Economic Development was budgeted at $56,273. The 2019 Actual was $56,768, achieving 100.88% of the budget.

Be sure to see the full budget provided by Pickens County below.

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Board of Commissioners Meeting

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Pickens County Board of Commissioners met Thursday, July 20, 2017, to review this month’s agenda.

At the beginning of the meeting the board recognized employee Casey L. Pickett. Pickett has worked for the county in the 911 department for ten years.

The finance report came next on the agenda. For the first six months of the year, the county has a limit of 50% of the budget to spend. Our total expenditures for this time period is at $11,600,457. Only 45.49% of our budget has been spent for the year so far.

The LMIG road schedule for 2018 reappeared on the agenda, the full list has not been posted yet, but roads such as Lumber Company, Hickory Ridge, and Grandview have been mentioned. The total cost for the project would be $455,292, and the state would be matching money from the amount the county puts forth. Board members tabled the issue in favor of further study.

Under new business this month, a request was presented for 4-H funding for a part time assistant. The UGA Extension Office told the board that if the Board of Commissioners (BOC) and Board of Education (BOE) would agree to fund 25% each for the assistant, then they would cover the other 50%. Members agreed to approve the funding as long as the BOE approves their part and should have a solid answer after their meeting.

Sheriff Craig spoke with board members to discuss a capital lease for new vehicles. This would be for 10 more vehicles fully equipped at the total cost of $450,000. BB&T had the lowest interest rate at 2.2% at a three year pay off. Members chose to discuss the vehicles further to find out what type of vehicles would be purchased and to look at all of their options. They plan to revisit the request at next month’s meeting.

The Commissioners did approve the Calhoun water agreement, which allows the county to continue to purchase and sell water with them. The pay is $1.62 per 1,000 gallons, the average water usage from Calhoun is 62% to 70%. The county purchases 360 to 410 gallons of water from them.

Before the meeting adjourned supporters from Protect Pickens Pets spoke to Commissioner Jones to share their comments and questions. To follow this story read “Protect Pickens Pets Confronts Board of Commissioners”.

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July City Council Meeting

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On Monday, July 10, 2017 the City Council met to discuss this month’s agenda. At this meeting the council chose to approve a skid steer from last month’s meeting. This will be an upgrade from the current equipment and hopefully benefit the workers. Follow up with more details on this story with “Skid Steer Disagreements“.

Following the skid steer approval, the current well test in Marble Hill has been approved to change over to Whitestone. The current location doesn’t have as much water as expected. However, in Whitestone there is a considerable amount of water that should be able to save the City of Jasper a large amount of money in the future.

You may notice brown historic signs in surrounding cities in different areas, Amelia McEntyre spoke with the council to take the task of getting our own historic sign. They approved the sign and she will begin working towards one for our town.

McEntyre also discussed the location of The Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance Cornbread Reunion. The Reunion will allow citizens come out to meet different artists and enjoy family activities.The Council approved the location, it will be held at the corner of South Main Street and East Spring Street, August 12 from 11 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Donnie Fowler presented the council with business of purchasing a new sanitation truck also known as a garbage truck. He explained to the council that the trucks have been rode hard with 6,650 customers weekly along with one truck completely out of service. The council made the decision to keep and repair the current trucks to potentially save money in the future.

The council also approved the new Pickens County Library Board appointees, Ann Roper and Bobby Edge.

Lisa Hoyle read our finance report, which can be viewed here.

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Skid Steer Disagreements

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Although a few members short, Mayor Weaver brought attention to the council a matter that had been declined last month, the purchase of a new skid steer for $60,611.

Donnie Fowler spoke to the council and insisted that a new skid steer would help with much larger projects and would provide safety to those operating it. The current equipment can handle many jobs, but runs the risk of being a liability with it not having a cab enclosure.

Council Member Jim Looney and Mayor Weaver went head to head on this topic. Mayor Weaver agreed with Fowler in the fact that a new skid steer could handle bush hogging and the larger logs through the city.

Jim Looney and other members of the council had a harder time seeing the need for the new equipment. Throughout the back and forth conversation Looney stated he wouldn’t agree return to the other one they had as the cage cab could prevent someone from being injured while bush hogging.

Although the skid steer was approved this time around, John Foust voted against the skid steer. FYN asked Foust after the meeting about his decision,

It’s not that I disagree with a new Skid Steer, I just think there is more to look into and think about on it.

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