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Fiscal Court passes budget

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Derrick Bright attends first meeting as new magistrate

By Josh Claywell

 

The Taylor County Fiscal Court passed its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year at Tuesday night’s special called meeting at the Taylor County Courthouse.

The new budget has $5,302,780.00 in the general fund, $4,152,476 in the jail fund, $1,984,584 in the road fund and $40 in the Local Government Economic Assistance Fund for a total of $11,439,880.

This was the second reading of the budget, and it passed by a 5-1 vote. District 3 Magistrate Tommy Corbin was the lone no vote. County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers asked Corbin if he would like to comment on his vote, but Corbin declined.

There was no other discussion on the matter.

 

In other news

• Before the meeting, the court recognized former District 5 Magistrate Ed Gorin, who stepped down in May because of health concerns. Judge Rogers presented Gorin’s son, Ed Gorin Jr., with a blanket commemorating all Gorin helped the court achieve in nearly 16 years of service.

“We want to say thank you for coming on behalf of the family,” Judge Rogers told Gorin Jr. “We’ve got a little token that we would like to present. This is some of the accomplishments that Dad made to the citizens of this community and for the 5th District.”

Derrick Bright was appointed to fill Gorin’s seat for the remainder of this term. Bright said he has some “big shoes to fill” in Gorin’s absence, but added he’s ready to get to work for District 5.

• Judge Rogers said the county has had a rash of stolen road signs.

“We are having a terrible, terrible, terrible problem with road signs being stolen,” he said. “Stop signs, even. This is dangerous for the people that are traveling our roads and the signs are important, not only for 911 rescue but the fire department as well. It’s very important that you do not steal our signs.”

Corbin said he’s had signs stolen in his district and it’s caused travel issues for the EMS service.

“The GPS’s are picking up some of the old roads that are nonexistent anymore,” Corbin said. “They’re trying to take these ambulances to roads that aren’t there and it happened in my district. The road wasn’t as far from here to that wall (the back wall of the courtroom) where they were supposed to have been, but the sign was stolen. We almost had a death because of it.

“The GPS’s aren’t 100 percent, but they’re pretty close,” he added. “Sometimes you run into altercations like this and it’s sad.”

Judge Rogers said it costs around $100 to replace each stolen sign.

“It’s using our tax dollars,” he said.

Each magistrate presented road requests as well, but the missing signage was an issue experienced in all districts.

• The court approved a slew of county employee changes.

Dylan Bright was hired as the full-time animal control officer effective June 3 and Melissa Dooley was hired part-time in the IT department effective June 16.

At the Taylor County Jail, Todd Price was promoted to training officer effective June 3, Dylan Knifley was promoted to full-time effective Aug. 3 and Jeffrey Harrod was promoted to full-time effective May 8. Donnie Porter resigned from his position at the jail. Matthew Freer, Timothy Vineyard, Jacob Followell, James Rodgers and Jennifer Haney were hired as part-time intermittent.

• The court appointed Bill Netherland and Chris Gupton to the tourism committee for three-year terms and Shirley Thomas to the council on aging for a three-year term.

• The court approved a pay raise from $250 to $300 for Taylor-Green Water District commissioners.

• The court approved the administrative code and policies, as well as the emergency management policy.

• The court approved the budget, which remained unchanged from last year, for the Taylor County Health Department.