Commissioner approves 2013 county budget
by Neil B. McGahee
Mar 07, 2013 | 1198 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor wasted no time — six minutes and 30 seconds exactly — adopting a nearly $105 million 2013 county operating budget during Wednesday’s meeting.

More than $61 million is devoted to the general fund, including $19,317,000 allotted to the sheriff’s department, $7 million for fire services, $3.6 million for emergency medical services and $4.5 million to the road department. More than $20 million is set aside for the solid waste fund and the water department and the E-911 fund is earmarked for $2,132,100.

“The overall budget for this year will be $104,962,500,” said Chief Financial Officer Jo Taylor. “The general fund budget of $61,269,900 is a decrease of $342,000 from 2012, but the overall budget remains about the same.”

Notable increases in the 2013 budget included a $62,200 raise for the commissioner’s office, $82,000 for the Magistrate Court, $102,000 for the engineering department and $166,000 for fire services.

In addition to general fund spending, the budget allotted $20,088,700 for enterprise funds, including the solid waste fund and the water department’s capital projects; $3,812,100 to special revenue funds, including E-911, crime victim’s assistance and juvenile supervision funds; $266,000 for special revenue funds for offices other than the county commissioner; and $20,155,800 for debt service funds.

Taylor also OK’d a request to donate surplus county equipment to the city of Emerson.

“The Georgia Department of Transportation has completed the first phase of the Old Alabama Road extension,” said Randy Gray, Bartow County road director. “But until the entire project is completed and it becomes a state route, Bartow County and the city of Emerson are in an agreement to maintain it. Emerson didn’t have the resources to buy the mowers necessary to maintain the right of way, so we donated some surplus equipment.”

In other business, Taylor:

• heard a proposal to allow importation of out-of-county waste in the county landfill in order to increase revenue.

• heard a proposal to retain Atlantic Coast Consulting, a solid waste consulting firm.

• extended the expiration date of the LakePoint memorandum of understanding bond issue to March 2014.