Pontotoc Supervisors ready to begin budgeting process

By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress

Pontotoc County supervisors accepted the real and personal tax rolls so they can begin the budgeting process in the coming weeks.

Chancery Clerk Reggie Collums reminded the board that they have only three months left on this budget, “but you have all done extremely well on the budget this year, we will have only minor adjustments to make the paperwork be right for the auditors.

“However, you are going to have another difficult budgeting time coming up. We are still in the middle of a deep recession, but if you will cooperate, we will do all right.”

One of the bright spots in the budget is in the fire department, according to Collums. “You are going to be able to pay off your trucks in seven years rather than 10 years, especially if you work to pay off a note or two in advance and save on that interest.”

The board voted to give each of the 13 fire departments $2,000 per department from the general fund and $5,000 each from the fire rebate monies. This included the fledgling department at Judah.

The board also disbursed $30,000 to each district for county-wide road maintenance and $10,000 to each district for bridge and maintenance funds.

The board also voted to pay off a solid waste truck, “Because we have the monies in the account and we can save on that interest,” pointed out Collums.

The board issued a $400 pauper’s oath on Robert Key.

The Troy/Woodland Fire Department was issued a $1,200 rent to help the department put up a curtain down the middle of the bay so they can air condition the part that serves as the voting precinct.

The board passed the vicious dog ordinance, which will go into law in mid-August. They continue to hammer out the fine details of enforcing the law once it is in place.

Leggett and Platt-Haynes Converting was granted their 10-year tax exemption.

James Akins received $6,319 in engineering fees on the Mud Creek Bridge project.

The supervisors are also working with Coroner Kim Bedford to get her truck running properly. Bedford said she has had trouble with cranking the truck several times, “We have gone through several batteries, and I even had to have a family jump it off for me one time when I went to pick their loved one up,” she said. She had approached the supervisors to purchase another truck, however, they are trying to determine the trouble with this one to save the monies.

The board disbursed the $2,500 budgeted payment to the American Red Cross. Director Patty Tucker thanked the board for their support in the past and gave a brief overview of what the chapter has done this year. “We have had a busy year, as you know, with all the spring tornadoes. Our main support here in Pontotoc has been for people who have lost their homes to fire.

“There were 23 people here in Pontotoc who have received financial assistance from the Red Cross to assist them with food, clothing and other things.

“We also assist military families in getting the word to their loved one in the armed forces if they have a death in the family, a sickness or even a birth.

“We have trained 206 people in performing CPR. And we also conduct disaster education to help instruct people on what to do when disaster strikes.”