Bowden anticipates 'housekeeping' Tuesday

Friday, May 25, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

It would appear that Tuesday night's meeting of the Marshall County Commission is overloaded with housekeeping matters.

That's the approach Commissioner Rocky Bowden took on Tuesday night while chairing the commission's Education Committee.

Schools Director Jackie Abernathy and the system's budget director, Janet Wiles, presented several resolutions to be considered by commissioners Tuesday next week. That's when action is needed on little more than authorizing transfers of money from a few budget line items to others so the money may be spent.

Still, it is taxpayers' money and three resolutions would move nearly $401,000, according to the documents.

One resolution states that "legal expenses have exceeded the budgeted amount," but Abernathy had a more direct interpretation.

"Our legal expenses have been outrageous in the past few years," the schools director said.

Part of one resolution moves $65,000 from one account to another. The receiving account is for expenses incurred by the Board of Education. The transfer is not for board members' salaries.

"About $50,000 of that was legal" expenses, Abernathy said.

"Fuel prices" are being addressed with the resolution that also shifts money for workers compensation insurance costs that exceeded expectations.

Money must also be transferred back into the federal projects fund because $65,000 was needed to cover payroll expenses on Feb. 29.

County commissioners meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a day later than usual because of Memorial Day. They meet on the second floor of the County Courthouse Annex on Lewisburg's public square.