Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

*Commissioners also noted the need to replace some EMS vehicles, at $150,00 per, but wrestled with a departmental budget request of $1.2 million.

The budget for urgent care was $204,000 and 2,500 people in Gulf County alone use some form of Medicaid, staff noted.

“The public would be shocked if they knew what their tax dollars were going to,” said Yeager. “The state needs to find a funding source instead of going to our taxpayers.”


*Public Works requested $330,000 that included $205,000 for a new excavator and $125,000 for a new fueling system.

Director of Solid Waste Joe Danford said one excavator was in decent shape, but he needs three in order to complete all necessary work. He added that his fueling system was in need of an overhaul, currently being run on outdated equipment. Danford worried about Gulf County could find itself in a similar situation as South Florida during bad hurricane seasons where gas can’t be delivered to damaged areas delaying the cleanup process.

Yeager suggested approving the fueling system and leaving the excavator for next year, but Danford said he’d prefer the opposite and noted needs are pushed back year after year.

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