The Ashley County Quorum Court’s budget committee is expecting to see a 35 percent dip in funds that had previously been budgeted to run the county.
The news was delivered as this month’s quorum court meeting was conducted outside on the Ashley County courthouse lawn in an effort to practice safe social distancing. It was the first time the Quorum had met since the March meeting.
Justice Jeff Langley told the court that the committee had asked the county department heads to be cautious and cut back on spending.
Langley said that he had Ashley County Treasurer Stacey Breshears pull numbers and compare the county’s income sources to where they stood for the same time period in 2019.
Langley said a number of areas were showing a deficit, specifically the jail tax, which was down by approximately $3,000; the hospital tax, which was also down by approximately $3,000; and general revenue, which was down by approximately $20,000.
Langley said the budget committee wanted to inform the Quorum Court of this so they could be prepared so that if it becomes necessary to present a budget change to the entire quorum, the justices will have time to review the budget.
“There have been some differences, as we expected, and we felt we need to bring this up in case there is something in the future we feel we need to bring to the whole court,” Langley said.
The quorum will meet again at 2:30 p.m. June 9 at the Ashley County Courthouse.