JPs OK county budget for 2021

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Carroll County Quorum Court approved the county’s 2021 budget at its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 21, by a vote of 10-0.

The budget ordinance, which received its second and third readings at the Dec. 21 meeting, projects the county’s 2021 general fund revenue at approximately $5.78 million, with projected expenditures of approximately $5.66 million. The budget projects road fund revenues of approximately $3.41 million with projected expenditures of approximately $3.3 million.

JPs also voted without dissent to appoint deputy circuit clerk Marilyn Ferrier to serve out the remaining term of circuit clerk Ramona Wilson, who is retiring at year’s end after 22 years in that position and 48 altogether in the clerk’s office.

Ferrier will serve through Dec. 31, 2022. As an appointee, she won’t be eligible to run for the office in the 2022 general election.

Also at the Dec. 21 meeting, the quorum voted to declare a vacancy in the District 4 seat that had been held by Marty Johnson. Gov. Asa Hutchison will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

In other business, JPs:

• approved a resolution confirming the appointment of Jennifer Roney to the Eastern Carroll County Ambulance District Commission;

• approved a resolution confirming the appointment of Ann Waits to the Inspiration Point Rural Fire Protection District;

• approved a resolution confirming the appointment of commissioners to the Sylvan Shores Subordinate Service District;

• approved a resolution confirming the appointment of Sheri Bickel to the Carroll County Library Department Board of Trustees;

• approved an ordinance levying the county, municipal and school tax millage and approving and levying the voluntary contribution millage for 2020;

• approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $83,042.95 to the Central Dispatch Capital Project Fund for upgrades and repairs;

• approved a supplemental appropriation ordinance appropriating $5,500 to purchase laptops for JPs to conduct county business;

• and approved an ordinance establishing a sub-fund of the county’s general fund for coronavirus relief funds.

JPs also heard an update on the Eastern Carroll County Ambulance District from Amy Leivan, a member of the ambulance district commission, who briefed the quorum on the district’s finances and also mentioned the possibility of specialized training for county dispatchers to help them handle medical emergencies.

Suellyn Fry, a member of the county’s Community Emergency Response Team, told JPs about recent problems with the emergency communications system for first responders in some parts of the county. District 1 JP Jack Deaton said there had been an equipment issue that has since been resolved, although emergency communications are still an area of concern for the county.

During the portion of the meeting designated for JPs’ comments, District 6 JP Craig Hicks thanked Wilson for her service to the county and its residents, and District 5 JP Matt Phillips presented Wilson with a plaque in recognition of her service.

The quorum court will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at Southern Heights Baptist Church, 279 Highway 221 South in Berryville, to set the date, time and place of its regular monthly meetings for the years 2021 and 2022.

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