County facing budget shortfall of over $500,000

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

And Commissioners Joanna Bryan and McDaniel objected to making a decision on the issue based on a one-page, several paragraph long memo from Hammond that was included in the consent agenda.

“It is a much bigger issue than just the dollars,” Bryan said. “It is well beyond a decision to make based on one piece of paper. It is hard to believe we have staff who can just pick this up.

“We haven’t seen any kind of plan how this would work. When we are going to make a change like this we need to know how. I think we need more information … Why couldn’t something have been written up for us to review.”

“We are basing a big decision on a few paragraphs,” McDaniel said.

Hammond said the issue has been long-brewing and came to a head as the county was “facing the most difficult budget year in 22 years.”

“We can run it in-house and we can run it more efficiently,” Hammond said. “The way we are going to save money is by not hiring anybody. We have the capability of running it in-house. The entire system is broken.”

Further, he said he saw no reason that the Clerk of Courts would need additional staff to handle “collecting money.”

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