February 16, 2013
AGENDA ITEM: 2/19/13 -Budget
Amendments--Constitutional Officers (New Business Item 13a.)
The courts—Probate, Magistrate, and Clerk of Courts
office—have continually and repeatedly gone over their budgets over
the past 4 or more years. While other
departments cut up to 8% of their budgets annually, these 3 offices not only refused to cut, but
continued to overspend. These offices
also refused to take furlough days while other county employees took
1 furlough day a month (approximately a 5% cut). The Clerk of Courts office has 6 employees
including the Clerk (now making $82,000+ a year). The Probate office has 3 employees including
the Judge (now making $64,000+).
There is a proposal to take $73,364 out of contingency and add to
these budgets so it won’t look like they went over budget. If this is the case, why would any department
stay within budget? Just defy the BOC
and go over the budget and then make a budget amendment to “fix” it so it looks
like you did not go over budget. See Proposed Budget
** To keep the taxpayers of Jasper County, Georgia
informed as to where and how their tax dollars are
** To keep the taxpayers abreast of local policies
and laws being discussed and enacted.
** We advocate more open government, less government
spending, and lower property taxes.