The total budget for 2013 will be almost $22 million with the General Fund budgeted at $10.3 million. The total budget is almost identical to the 2012 budget, but the General Fund is around $1 million less than last year. Between the General Fund and the Roads and Bridges Fund, the county will have more than $3 million in reserve.
“This is a tight budget again,” Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick said. “It’s basically level funding from the last few years. There’s not a lot you can do or change when you have to keep the budget this tight.”
Hamrick said there are no job cuts, nor any raises, in the new budget.
“People will get their normal step raises, but there won’t be any additional raises this year, just like it has been for the last several years,” he said. “I’m thankful that we haven’t had to cut any jobs. We’re keeping the people we have, and that can’t be said in some counties.”
Budgeted appropriations to area agencies are also similar to the 2012 budget. Total appropriations for 2013 are $259,041 and will go to groups including the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, the Walker County Economic Development Authority and the Walker County Extension Office.
The appropriations are $40,000 less in the 2013 budget, because $40,000 given annually to the Walker County Humane Society was eliminated. The county now operates the shelter and has those operating funds in the budget.
In other action, the commission:
•Approved several budget amendments for 2012. Amendments to the general fund totalled $190,631.32.
The largest of those amendments was $149,604.11 and was made to help pay for this year’s elections. Jill Farris, the county’s administrator, said that money should be paid back by the state.
•Appointed Thomas Pate to the Providence Water Authority.
•Approved a contract with Preemptive Forensic Health Solutions to provide inmate medical care.
•Approved a contract with the Alabama Department of Youth Services to provide one bed for the county at its Coosa Valley Detention Center.