Budget challenges await commission

Budget challenges await commission

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:22 am
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Work will begin soon on the monumental task of setting Obion County’s budget for the next fiscal year.
And it won’t be easy.
Obion County Budget Committee chairman Danny Jowers told his fellow Obion County Commission members at their session Monday that the budget process will begin soon for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
One of the first steps in the process is typically a series of budget hearings conducted by the budget committee, with those meetings to be announced in advance through the county mayor’s office.
County leaders have also been waiting to see what cuts will be coming at the state level before beginning the local process.
Jowers told commis-sioners Monday there will be cuts in the coming year and many areas will be examined in the budget process. He said one of the areas to be reviewed will be funds in idle accounts that could be utilized elsewhere.
He also said non-profits will be reviewed first in the process and, unfortunately, some difficult decisions will have to be made in regard to funding.
“We have to get our house in order,” he said.
Jowers said the county cannot operate a budget with the amount of interest that has been lost over the last three years, but he said the county is not at fault. He said Obion County has invested as wisely as possible and has set money in CDs, but interest is down.
He said he is confident everything will work out during the budget process, although there will be difficult decisions ahead.
Jowers also emphasized to commissioners that everyone is welcome to attend the budget meetings. He said they all need to work together to design a good budget for Obion County.
The Obion County Budget Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners — Jowers, Polk Glover, Jerry Grady, Dwayne Hensley, Allen Nohsey, Ralph Puckett and Sam Sinclair Jr.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be con-tacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 3.24.11

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