Finance panel looks at requests
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG  Banner Staff Writer
Dec 05, 2013 | 724 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Several budget changes were made at Wednesday’s meeting of the Bradley County Finance Committee, including ones related to a Homeland Security grant, money given to the county after the April 2011 tornado outbreak and a couple of construction projects.

The Bradley County Emergency Management Agency requested $63,849 more be added to the Homeland Security Grants fund, which comes from the federal government.

“They’re wanting to use that to pay for radios and some other equipment,” committee member Ed Elkins said.

All the items purchased with that money are set to go straight into the coffers of the Bradley County Sherriff’s Office, said County Mayor D. Gary Davis.

The committee approved the request.

Some mutual aid money that was given to the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency represented some unfinished business.

Elkins said the money that was supposed to be given to Polk County was found to still be unpaid when filling out some final reimbursement paperwork for FEMA.

However, Davis said Bradley County was still waiting for the “final dollar” from FEMA, given that it had retained 12.5 percent of the disaster relief money.

The committee voted to move the $1,332 from the county’s fund “Committed for Public Health & Welfare” to the ones for “Disaster Relief” and “Other Charges.” 

Members also discussed taking care of site development costs related to the Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home. A total of $4,919, which includes $3,087 from public contributions and $1,832 from the “Committed for Public Health & Welfare” fund, was earmarked for the veterans home project with a vote from the committee.

The agenda item concerning the largest amount of money was related to Bradley County Fire-Rescue’s projects to build three more fire stations, which were completed this past summer.

A fund balance of $173,939 was added to BCFR’s “Other Capital Outlay Fund.”

“That takes care of all the construction,” Elkins said.

Davis said the large addition to the fund balance might make it seem to some that the county now has a budget surplus in that area, but he stressed there were still some bills needing to be paid that were not taken care of during the previous fiscal year.

The committee also discussed and approved some budget amendments related to lesser costs like the ones incurred by repairs for county-owned vehicles.