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Tue, Jul 25, 2017 07:41 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Johnson budget tops $5.1 million
by Tony Fyffe

PAINTSVILLE — With the current fiscal year concluding at the end of this month, the Johnson County Fiscal Court gave final approval Monday to a new spending plan for the 2003-2004 fiscal period.

The $5,175,947 budget was unanimously approved for a second reading during a special session Monday that was actually the court’s regular monthly meeting. The meeting was considered a special session since it was rescheduled from the court’s regular date last Monday.

The new budget, which goes into effect July 1, includes $3,236,609 in the general fund; $1,161,901 in the road fund; $472,612 in the jail fund; $287,000 in the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund; and $17,825 in other funds.

The court also approved budgets for the county’s special tax districts.

Saying that he was told by officials with the state Department for Local Government that Johnson County’s government was in the “best financial shape in the county’s history,” Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel asked commissioners to extend county treasurer Addie Stambaugh’s contract for another four years. Daniel said that county treasurers’ contract renewals had to be considered six months into a new administration.

Daniel praised Stambaugh’s work with the county, saying she was partially responsible for getting the county into sound financial shape.

Stambaugh began as treasurer under former Judge-Executive Hobert Meade, replacing her sister, Geneva Saunders. She continued under Judge Gail Gillem, who was appointed to replace Meade after he pleaded guilty to public corruption charges.

The court unanimously approved Stambaugh’s four-year contract extension.

Commissioners also approved reclassifying road department employee Rocky Caudill’s job as a laborer to a truck driver.

Also Monday, court members allocated an additional $10,000 to the county’s recreation board, which plans to build a second shelter at the county park at Thealka. Daniel said the court already budgeted $25,000 to the board, which needed the extra money to complete the $13,995 shelter project.

The court also delayed action again on a request to change the name of Walker Branch Road to Crigger Creek.

All members were present for Monday’s meeting.

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