The Bradley County Finance Committee approved two changes to the Bradley County Fire-Rescue budget and one change to the budget for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at its meeting Wednesday.
BCFR had requested that money from an insurance claim — some $1,027 — be added to the department’s budget to replace some equipment.
“My understanding was that some gear was stolen from a vehicle,” said committee member Ed Elkins.
The department also requested that $11,625 be transferred from one budget category to another. Fire-Rescue wanted to move the money from a general public safety fund to one designated for annual projects. Elkins said the money came from public donations BCFR had received last year.
Committee members also discussed a request from the BCSO that involved a $9,101 vehicle maintenance expense.
The county government had received the money after being reimbursed for an insurance claim, and the request was that the money be added back to the BCSO budget.
One vehicle, which is listed as a Ford Taurus on a document accompanying the reimbursement check, accounted for the entire $9,101 set of repairs. Elkins said he thought the car had been in an accident.
With very brief discussions in between the votes for each one, the committee approved all three requests.
Also on the agenda for the meeting was a request made by committee member Adam Lowe that would put money from the county’s drug fund to new use. The fund, which is made up of revenues from fines paid by people who commit drug-related crimes, allows money to be spent for law-enforcement related expenses like fingerprinting machines and various other “nonrecurring expenditures.”
The request was to pay an employee’s salary using money from the fund, and committee members expressed doubt that the fund could be used for that purpose. However, no official vote was made on that request because Lowe was not present to explain the request he had brought to the committee’s attention.