Cleburne commissioners

Cleburne County Commission passes FY 18 budget Monday night. Left to right: Terry Hendrix, Laura Cobb, Emmett Owen and Jake Durham.  

HEFLIN — The Cleburne County Commission voted unanimously to pass a fiscal year 2018 budget in a meeting that was a continuation of last week’s council meeting.

Commissioners tweaked a few items on the 33-page budget before a vote was taken.

Starting with a carryover of $3,295,687.95 from the fiscal year now ending, the FY ’18 budget estimates expenditures of $7,545,373.20 and revenue of $6,397,401.85. The estimated reserve at the end of FY ’18 is $2,147,716.60.

Commissioner Emmett Owen was pleased with the budget but was hoping that more revenue is in the county’s future.

“I think it’s a fair budget, I think we’ve looked at it and we’ve looked over it and it’s about as good as we are going to be able to get where we’re at right now; we just need to hope that some new revenue starts coming in for next year,” said Owen after the meeting.

Owen said there was an uptick in some of the property and housing revenues but it was no more than what the city had in the past when there were carryovers and deficits.

The commission also voted unanimously to pass a resolution reclassifying an employee in the Cleburne County Revenue Commissioner’s office from assessment clerk to appraiser-assessment clerk beginning October 1.  

 

Staff writer and photographer Bill Wilson: 256-235-3544. On Twitter: @BWilson_Star