County budget to get final hearing Friday
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — The Floyd County Fiscal Court will have its final meeting of the fiscal year this Friday with a second reading of the 2013-14 budget taking center stage. The meeting will take place in the fiscal courtroom at 10 a.m.
Budget preparation and the county’s overall financial condition have driven a wedge between magistrates and Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall over the last year. As magistrates prepare to pass a budget that will carry the county through the next primary election season, the feud shows no signs of letting up.
An agenda for this Friday’s meeting was put forth by Marshall’s office, which outlines the topics to be discussed during the regular session.
Along with the second reading of the budget, magistrates will receive and review a treasurer’s report, vote on new business items related to cost-of-living salary increases for county employees, Corp of Engineers payments to the Floyd County Sheriff’s office, authorization to sign a deed related to an NRCS project, an authorization to sign an agreement with the Kentucky Highway Department, and a measure involving jail employees.
Magistrates will also address the monthly regular claims list and the adoption of a road.
There is also expected to be some discussion of amending the Floyd County Administrative Code with regard to outside contractor agreements. According to County Attorney Keith Bartley, magistrates have expressed displeasure with Marshall over the last two years, as invoices from outside contractors have flooded the courthouse. Magistrates say Marshall is buying political capital with the county’s money, having contractors perform work which the county’s road crews are capable of performing.
According to Bartley, June is the only month of the calender year in which magistrates may amend the administrative code. The judge-executive can amend it at any time during the year.
Friday’s regularly scheduled meeting will also offer an opportunity for citizens to offer comments or questions to the fiscal court.
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