Todd County Fiscal Court approved first reading of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year this morning, in addition to proposed administrative changes.
The 6.6 million dollar budget includes 317-thousand dollars for the new Todd County Justice Center slated to open this summer. Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield said 242-thousand dollars of that amount should be refunded to the county by the Administrative Office of the Courts, leaving the county with an expense of 75-thousand dollars for start-up costs.
The Administrative Code changes include reducing the number of vacation and sick hours accrued each month for most county employees in exchange for a 75 cents per hour raise for full-time employees and a 50 cents per hour raise for part-time workers.
Judge Greenfield says the well-publicized move has been received well by most employees, but not so well at all by a few.
The Judge says the budget didn’t vary much from the one agreed upon at a meeting last week, with only a few minor tweeks.
In other action, Fiscal Court approved purchasing a car for the ambulance service, which will also be used by the dispatch center. The vehicle will be purchased used and will replace a car that is no longer in service due to mechanical problems.