The committee passed several requests accepting insurance money related to damage to Bradley County buildings and vehicles hit by the April 27 storms.
An amendment requesting overtime pay for traffic safety officers was also approved.
Committee member Ed Elkins asked Lt. Buck Campbell why the amount requested for overtime was the exact amount left over for overtime in last year’s budget.
Campbell said he needed approximately $3,500 to pay overtime that was accrued in the last year but was not paid until this fiscal year. The remaining amount requested was a buffer for other unforeseen overtime, he said. The money had been put into the general fund of the county, and will be given back to the department. This money is in addition to what was funded for overtime in the 2012 fiscal year.
During the meeting, Elkins made a motion that Bradley County use zero-based budgeting for the 2013 fiscal year.
“I think it’s time we look at — particularly for these departments that are turning money back in — a realistic spending plan,” Elkins said.
Committee member Jeff Morelock requested clarification on what a zero-based budget would mean for the county. If the county went to zero-based budgeting, each department would have to justify every dollar in its budget.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said the county already uses zero-based budgeting for capital expenses. Davis reminded the committee they have the option of requesting justification from each department during the budget hearings.
Elkins commented that because of the time factor, zero-based budgeting is best implemented before the budget process begins.
The motion was not passed.
The committee did pass a motion to pay an inmate medical invoice from 2008. The invoice was turned over to a collection agency and a $182 fee had been added. The motion was to pay the invoice but not the additional fee. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was asked to determine whether a bill had actually been received in 2008. The invoice will be paid out of the Bradley County Commission budget.
Davis said if the commission can prove a bill was never sent it should not pay the $180 collections fee.
Donations and a grant for the Bradley County Juvenile Court were also amended into the budget.