Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fiscal Court holds first reading of 2014-2015 budget

J-E News Editor
Webster County Fiscal Court met on Monday  to discuss finances for the next fiscal year.
The court approved a three percent across the board raise for salary pools elected officials use to pay their deputies and assistants. They also granted additional increases of $1,500 to Sheriff Frankie Springfield’s department and $2,500 to the county clerk’s office.

The largest amount went to the Webster County Jail. Jailer Terry Elder will have $1,584,525 to spend on deputy jailers, assistants and other employees.
The Sheriff’s Department has the second largest salary pool at $539,726. This pays the salaries of six road deputies, officer staff and court bailiffs. A request to add an additional deputy was denied.
Other amounts were $236,851 to the County Clerk’s Office; $108,856 to the Judge Executive’s Office; $83,106 to the County Attorney’s Office; and $5,610 to the County Corner.
These amounts do not include the salaries of the elected officials themselves, only the salaries of their employees.
In other business, the court approved the first reading of the county budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It includes a balanced budget of $13,171,886.