Road materials funds secured for precincts

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners transferred money from the Contingencies Fund to the Road and Bridge Department’s Road Fund despite explanations by County Auditor Debbie Watson that there was no money “left over” from the previous budget, and that there was plenty of money already allocated for road repair and maintenance in the current (2016-17) budget.

The decision was made at the court’s May 23 meeting, when Commissioner Pct. 3 Jerry Allen and Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest requested the funds be transferred to make up for unspent money in the previous fiscal year’s budget that had been allocated for use by Precincts 3 and 4.

The court had already voted on the matter at its Oct. 25, 2016, meeting, but it had to be placed on the May 23 meeting agenda and voted upon again.

“It turned out we didn't really have it on the agenda,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen of the former vote, “so we put it on so we would be legal.”

Burkeen, Forrest and Allen requested from Watson the figures they were looking for, while she tried to tell them that the amounts unused were irrelevant.

“You have $300,000 in Contingencies now; you can use them as you please,” Watson told them. “You can transfer that money to your Road line. That’s what you should do, but your 2016 is past and gone. Now we’re on the budget for 2017.”

“We understand that,” Forrest said, noting that they simply wanted to move the amount unused at the end of the previous fiscal year from Contingencies and into the Road and Bridge Road Fund.

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