The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved budget amendments that had a net effect of increasing expenditures for the current fiscal year by $193,971.
The action was taken following a public hearing on the budget at the Tuesday supervisor meeting. Adjustments included $130,800 increase in revenues and a $324,671 increase in expenses.
A spring budget adjustment is typical with last year's adjustment including $197,000 in additional revenues and $450,710 in additional expenses for a net increase of $253,710 in spending.
The biggest adjustment in expenses was in the mental health budget, increased by $100,000. The mental health expense is impossible to predict from year to year, with payments depending on changing circumstances. There was a $75,000 transfer to the rural betterment fund. Only $15,000 had been budgeted for this fund that serves a variety of functions, although there is Local Option Sales Tax revenue specifically designated for these purposes.
The budget for autopsies, also impossible to predict in advance was increased by $10,000, from $6,000 to $16,000. The large increase in the price of gas affected every department, particularly the sheriff's department which had a $7,800 adjustment for fuel. There was also a $7,000 adjustment for the sheriff's department to purchase Tasers and bullet proof vests. This enables the county to take advantage of grant funds that pay a large portion of these expenses.
There were also a $23,000 adjustment for tort/property/workers compensation insurance and a $7,000 adjustment for unemployment compensation insurance.