Work Session Minutes – May 21, 2018

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

May 21, 2018

Work Session Minutes

6:00 P.M.

Comm. Pennamon called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Commissioners Present: Chairman, Carl Pennamon, Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon, Bruce Henry, and Don Jernigan.  Doug Luke were absent.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and Finance Director, Dennis Pate.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation: Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon

Mr. Benton noted he added 3 columns to the consolidated page. He noted the departments that have been tentatively approved not included any salary increases.

Superior Court – 2018 budget is $348,684, requested of $355,258; obligated mandated amount is $1,323.  The 2018 budget plus obligated is $350,007 which is recommended.

District Attorney – 2018 budget is $43,345 and request of $53,054. Asst. DA salary supplement Wilkinson County, who we share our Asst. DA with does supplement with a $5,000 annual payment. Putnam and Hancock are similar to us; Putnam supplements $5,000 and Hancock supplements $3,000. Use cost of $5,000 for a total budget of $49,152.

Magistrate – Come back to this one after County Manager has meeting with him.

Probate – go with 2018 budget and mandated of $6,051 for total FY 2019 approved of $188,910

Comm. Salmon questioned the Constitutional Officers request for raises being removed.

Mr. Benton noted all salary increases will be decided on as a whole and placed in the appropriate budgets.

Sheriff – take $168,000 for cars out and put in lease purchase amount for last quarter of fiscal year. Mr. Benton to work up 3 months of lease payments.

Jail – Come back to this one. Mr. Benton wants to review insurance.

Sheriff Pope noted the rising cost of medical care is going to go up.

Courthouse Security – Re-visit once re-calculated with mandated obligated changes.

Fire Rescue – Comm. Pennamon suggest take capital outlay out and put in debt service.

Animal Control – Go with $127,529 salary increase will be appropriated later.

Recreation – Mr. Benton noted current revenues received is $89,000 budgeted $60,000; in light of increased revenue Rec. Director is asking for $7,500 increase in budget. Go with $251,190 with salary increase backed out. So new total is $246,146.

Senior Center – Keep FY 2018 budget of $193,025.

Planning and Zoning – Go with $172,275.

Next Work Session will be Thursday, May 31st;   Kelly Fox will be here then. Cancel the meeting scheduled for May 29th; Mr. Benton will have final data on motor graders.

Mr. Benton reviewed the total cost of potential salary increases at 2%, 3%, 4%, and 5%.

Comm. Pennamon suggested we figure department budgets without the pay increase and then we can decide how much we want to add for salary increases.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Work Session closed at 7:00 p.m.


Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk