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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Jury approves budget

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  • The Morehouse Parish Police Jury adopted a proposed 2014 budget in a special called meeting Monday afternoon.
    District 4 Juror Jack Cockrell asked to amend the agenda before talking about the budget to decrease the canal maintenance fund by $33,000, moving those funds into the capital outlay fund in order to be able to lease a new track-hoe for the Public Works Department. This was met without opposition and the motion carried.
    The proposed 2014 budget is actually comprised of several separate funds, which are the general fund, the road fund, the drainage fund, the maintenance building fund, the health unit fund, the criminal court fund, theLSU Ag Center fund, the solid waste fund, the witness fees fund, the jurors fee fund, the Lightwood sewer fund, the Rankin sewer fund and the Collinston sewer fund.
    The general fund encompasses revenues from ad valorem taxes, beer taxes, licenses and permits and occupational licenses as well as franchise fees. Expenses include payroll, insurances and supplies. The proposed budget for the 2014 general fund is:
    Total revenues: $1,503,800
  • Total expenses: $1,501,081.84
l Leaving a balance of $2,718.16
In the road fund, revenues include ad valorem taxes and sales taxes. Expenses include payroll, maintenance costs and utilities The proposed budget for the road fund is:
Total revenues: $1,204,640
  • Total expenses: $1,203,921
    Leaving a balance of $719
    In the drainage fund, revenues include ad valorem taxes. Expenses include payroll and supplies. The proposed budget for the drainage fund is:
    Total revenues: $357,155
  • Total expenses: $356,810
    Leaving a balance of $345
    In the maintenance building fund, expenses include the upkeep of the courthouse, the registrar of voter's office, the tax assessor's office, the sheriff's office and jail and the Farmer's Market Revenues for this fund are generated through ad valorem taxes and rent. the proposed budget for the maintenance fund is:
    Total revenues: $240,350
  • Total expenses: $240,247
    Leaving a balance of $103
    In the health unit fund, revenues are received from ad valorem taxes and expenses include payroll, utilities and maintenance. The proposed budget for the health unit fund is:
    Total revenues: $223,460
  • Total expenses: $84,487
    Leaving a balance of $139,973
    In the criminal court fund, revenues are received from fees, fines and forfeitures. Expenses include payroll and insurance. The proposed budget for the criminal court fund is:
    Total revenues: $385,000
  • Total expenses: $365,800
    Page 2 of 2 - Leaving a balance of $19,200
    In the LSU Ag Center fund, revenues come from ad valorem taxes. Expenses include maintenance of the building and grounds and utilities. The proposed budget for the LSU Ag Center fund is:
    Total revenues: $79,864.91
  • Total expenses: $74,600
    Leaving a balance of $5,264.91
    In the solid waste fund, revenues are achieved through sales taxes and fees, charges and commissions. Expenditures include payroll, equipment maintenance and supplies. The proposed budget for the solid waste fund is:
    Total revenues: $1,482,480
  • Total expenses: $1,373,780
    Leaving a balance of $108,700
    In the witness fees fund, revenues are received from fees, charges and commissions and expenses are witness fees. The proposed budget for the witness fees fund is:
    Total revenues: $29,000
  • Total expenses: $18,500
    Leaving a balance of $10,500
    In the jurors fee fund, revenues are received from fees, charges and commissions and expenses are grand jury/petit juror witness fees. The proposed budget is:
    Total revenues: $25,000
  • Total expenses: $25,000
    Leaving a zero balance
    For the Lightwood sewer fund, proposed revenues and expenses are $7,500, leaving a zero balance; the Rankin sewer fund has a proposed revenue and expenses of $4,000, leaving a zero balance and the Collinston sewer fund has a prosed budget of $19,000 in revenue and $5,350 in expenses, leaving a balance of $13,650.
    The motion to accept the 2014 proposed budget was made seconded and carried without opposition.
    Jury President Terry Matthews asked to again amend the agenda to discuss adjudicated property on Martin Luther King North.
    The property was put out for bids, with a minimum starting bid of $1,400 plus administration fees. When the bids were unsealed, no one met the minimum requirement, with only one bid of $700 placed.
    "I drove over and looked at this property and it is in deplorable shape," Matthews said. "The sole bidder still wants the property so, can I have a motion to sell it to him for the minimum bid plus fees?"
    The motion was made and carried.