$120K Added To County Jail Budget In Amendment
Darren Doyle, story:
The fiscal court met today via the Zoom virtual meeting app and discussed an extremely light agenda; one that was described as "only the necessary items."
All five county magistrates participated in the virtual meeting; three by video conference and two by telephone conference. Also participating were the judge executive, county treasurer, the sheriff, county clerk, county attorney, and a handful visitors.
The main point discussed and voted upon was the first reading of a jail budget amendment, which required another $120K added to the highest-ever $487K jail budget amount for Edmonson County fiscal court. The county's jail budget has more than doubled over 5 years, according to Judge Executive Wil Cannon and is due to rising jail costs and more prisoners incarcerated. The amendment brought the current jail budget to $607,700; an amount for a county that doesn't even have a jail.
No county offices gave reports as they normally do; however, they are not required at the meetings. Most other counties have those reports submitted at their meetings and do not have them in-person.
The court also voted to:
Judge Cannon announced that the next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27th at 9am, and will also be held virtually, in the same manner as today's meeting.