Supervisors begin budget discussions

Staff Writer

Before going into the budget work session, the Clay County Board of Supervisors took care of a few items on the morning's agenda.
"Joyce Ann Ledlow asked us to consider allowing her to establish a private family cemetery on her property," Luke Lummus said. "The family has submitted all of the proper documents and the deed work for the cemetery. These are good people, top of the line."
The CCBOS was also asked to authorize and approve payment to the LINK for invoices.
Both of these items were approved.

The board then entered into a budget work session.
"This is a reappraisal year," Amy Berry, Chancery Clerk said. "There has not been much growth in our county. Typically we see an increase, but this year the numbers have dropped."
There has been a rise in the number of people who are claiming Homestead Exemption on their property taxes.
Berry said this is what the numbers that were provided to her by Porsha Lee, tax assessor/ collector provided.
"Right now none of this is set in stone," Berry said. "We are still deliberating and discussing the budget. Our main concern is doing our very best for our citizens."

Shelton Deanes said for more than 20 years his job has been to answer to the people in his district, he works for and represents them.
"The amount the county pays for health insurance for the employees has gone up," Berry said. "The technology used by the 911 system is always changing and evolving to be more efficient. We must provide what they need because it has to do with public safety. We will need to look into some of our contracts. This won't have an impact on this year's budget, but it will in the future. We will need to see what we can do to save the taxpayers money."

Berry said all COVID related expenditures have been submitted to MEMA through the month of July.
"We will be submitting for CARES monies, as well," Berry said. "Torrey has everything from us for submission, to be reimbursed for all COVID related purchases."
These will involve the extra safety precautions that must be in place in order to have the special election.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department is in need of seven new vehicles. The current cars all have more than 300,000 miles on them. Some of this can be funded through illegal drug seizures, according to Berry.
"The board plans to meet with the city to seek some financial support in sharing the cost of emergency services," Berry said. "The public safety services, 911, ambulance, etc. At least 65 percent of emergency services calls come from within the city limits. It seems only right to share in the expenses for public safety."