The board recently met for their preliminary budget session, and officials are tightly crunching numbers to keep the spending at a minimum.
County accountant Marlee Golden and North Central Planning and Development District’s Tony Green advised the supervisors as they weighed budget requests from county departments.
Carroll County Sheriff Jerry Carver, Tax Assessor/Collector Pam Mann and E-911 director Gayle Beard were also present.
Green and Golden gave the board current budget numbers for fiscal year 2014 from each department, and compared them with variances in department requests for the fiscal year 2015.
The fiscal year begins Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015.
Green looked at the numbers and made an early prediction on where the county stood. Rising millage rates as requested by the Carroll County School District and nearby drainage districts showed the upcoming millage rate increasing two-and-half mills.
According to Green, 1.45 mills will go toward the Carroll County School District. Currently, one mill equals $65,464.
“This is a preliminary assessment; there’s nothing set in stone,” Green said. “This is not figuring in the county’s savings as well. There is still some work to do.”
In response to a question by Supervisor Claude Fluker, Green explained that the increase on property assessed at $100,000 it would be about $25.
In the county’s general fund, increases were requested for various items throughout the county. The Circuit Clerk’s office is asking for an increase of $22,010 in the election fund, potentially going from $118,950 to $140,960. Carroll County Circuit Clerk Durward Stanton said the reason for those will be the big county election, which usually holds both a primary and a general election.
In the sheriff’s department, a proposed increase of $17,792 will raise the sheriff’s budget from $547,600 to $565,392 for next year. Part of that reason is the salary increase and fringe benefits for Sheriff Jerry Carver in compliance with House Bill 1409 that went into law on July 1.
Last spring, the legislators passed a law setting the salary for all 82 sheriffs in the state based on population. Carver becomes one of 23 sheriffs in counties in Mississippi with populations of less than 14,999 that got at least an $18,600 raise to $75,000.
County leaders will meet again concerning the budget on August 26 in Carrollton.