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Fiscal Court approves first reading of 2009/2010 budget

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

Flat revenue and a substantial increase in the county retirement are among the more significant items in the proposed Henry County budget, but that wasn't what generated the most conversation in a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

In the draft budget, Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent projected no change in the amount of property tax to be collected in 2009/2010, which remains budgeted at $595,000 for the next fiscal year.

Additionally, the county's ambulance service is budgeted to bring in $775,000, a $125,000 increase over the 2008-2009 budget.

In the county road fund, the revenue from truck licenses will be down $73,000 from last year's budget.

Overall, revenue is budgeted for a relatively small increase of about $44,000.

On the expense side of the budget, county retirement will increase $90,000 in the proposed budget thanks to a state mandated 34 percent hazardous duty retirement pay contribution.

Additionally, the county road fund will increase by $70,000, and includes funding to pave portions of 16 county roads.

But the items that generated the most discussion were what Brent referred to as salary adjustments for Planning and Zoning Administrator Greg Derrossett and EMS Supervisor Scott McClamroch. Totaling $4,000, Brent budgeted an adjustment of $1,500 for Derossett and $2,500 for McClamroch, neither of whom, he said, asked for the raises. The magistrates reduced the amounts by $500 each.

For more on this story, please see the May 6 edition of the Henry County Local!