Fiscal budget highlights Dallas County Commission meeting

Published 6:15 pm Monday, August 13, 2018

The Dallas County Commission set a record for its shortest meeting on Monday at the Dallas County Courthouse.

Planning next year’s Fiscal budget highlighted the 13-minute meeting.

All Commissioners were present at the meeting: Probate judge-chairman Kim Ballard, Valerie Reubin, Roy Moore, Larry Nickles and Curtis Williams.

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Last week, Ballard and Commissioners and county department heads met three days to begin planning the budget. Each department presented their needs to the commission.

Ballard said the budget will likely be at $22 million by the time it’s finalized in early September. Last year, the Commission passed a $23.1 million budget. Two years ago, the County’s budget was $22.8 million.

“It will be a balanced budget, we’re not seeking new revenue,” Ballard said. “We couldn’t have done the budget without the Commissioners and administrator Barbara Harrell. We got a lot of work done.”

Moore said some revisions and corrections must be made to the budget before the County Commission passes it.

Williams commended the Commissioners’ teamwork and cooperation on the 2018-2019 Fiscal budget.

“I commend everyone for working hard at getting the budget together,” Williams said.

The fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, and the next fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

Here’s the other highlights at the County Commission meeting:

-The county commission unanimously voted to approve Asphalt Contractors, Inc.’s bid of $377,000 to resurface portions of County Road 33. Asphalt was the only company to place a bid.

-The county commission also approved the travel requests for Kendra Sanders and Glenda Collins to attend the 2018 Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) Convention from Aug. 21-23 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.

Sanders will receive a certificate in a basic level course. Collins will receive a certificate in county administration.

Two Selma City Council members were present: councilman Michael Johnson and councilwoman Jannie Thomas.

The next Dallas County Commission meeting will be held Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Dallas County Courthouse.