HISID budget issues include funding for law enforcement
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- At the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, commissioners will consider further revisions to the 2013 budget.
District Manager Gerald Hartley said he hoped to present a final budget for the board's approval by the Nov. 26 meeting. However, before that can happen, commissioners must resolve several lingering issues.
Among these is the question of law enforcement services purchased from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
After meeting with the sheriff last week, Hartley sent a memo to commissioners.
"The sheriff has indicated that he will request that HISID fund the time experienced by the deputies for training and vacation," Hartley wrote. The sheriff also said it is up to HISID to determine whether the community needs one or two deputies.
The budget currently funds two. However, Hartley said the sheriff had not been successful in recruiting deputies to serve in the community, where their duties are confined mostly to patrolling.
There is only one officer dedicated full-time to Holiday Island, he said, with a second providing part-time assistance.
Hartley said the district paid only for those hours actually worked by the officers.
He estimated the district would pay a total of $63,146 for law enforcement in 2012. However, the 2013 budget sets aside the cost of two dedicated, full-time deputies, or $83,780.
The contract will expire on Feb. 28, and commissioners are considering whether to continue with the current agreement or to amend it to call for only one officer. They have until the end of January to renegotiate.
Another item that commissioners will consider Monday is whether to return to the draft budget cash previously set aside for lawn mowers.
Hartley pulled the mowers from the budget after commissioners protested how much money was being spent on the golf course. Hartley said the board might reconsider that move after Golf Superintendent Mark Mowrey pled his case to them at last Monday's work session.
Also on the agenda for Monday's meeting is a proposal to amend the district's amenities policies. Among the changes being considered is an increase in campground fees.
Hartley pointed out that the campground is expected to pose a net loss of $2,593 for the district this year.
Also on the agenda, the board will vote on a mutual aid agreement between the district and rural fire departments for the use of equipment and personnel in either district. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive. The public is invited to attend.