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October 4, 2013

Balanced budget achieved

(Continued)

The courthouse budget is $127,991 from $183,685 for this fiscal year. A request was made for a custodian for the courthouse but that was not added to the budget, despite officials reporting an annual utilities savings of about $30,000.

Other specific officeholder changes include:

n One employee had been laid off in the state's attorney's office. The budget allows for a part time employee to be hired.

n A secretary in the public defender's office will go from 32 to 40 hours.

n County Clerk Connie Simmons lost two employees this year, and requested one employee position be restored, which was granted.

n There are no changes in the coroner's budget from this year, although Eddie Joe Marks requested that at some point in time he would like to use his cremation funds to buy a van.

n Treasurer Dan Knox lost one position due to budget cuts, and that position will be restored.

n The animal shelter secretary will return to a 40-hour work week, rather than a 32-hour work week.

n County Board members reduced their salaries by 20 percent when the layoffs occurred, and those salaries will be restored.

n Regional Superintendent of Schools Ron Daniels announced he will forego his $9,500 stipend, which will be added to the $24,718 budgeted amount for office staff salaries.

The county had also failed to provide funds this fiscal year for the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission, Soil and Water and Rend Lake Search and Rescue team. JCDC will receive $4,000, S&W $5,000, and Search and Rescue $500.

No funds have been reserved for ICE detainees; however, the county budgeted $50,000 for courthouse renovations/repairs.

Tate said raises for all the unions, except correctional officers, had been figured in the proposed budget. Non-union employees will receive 4 percent increases, AFSCME employees received a 4 percent increase, and deputies 3 percent hikes.

The budget will still have to be approved by the full board after it is on public display for a 30-day period.

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