New county fiscal year began Monday

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The new fiscal year has only just begun and already thousands of dollars have been distributed for county services.

On Monday, the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors ran through a two-page agenda, allocating county funds to several projects to ensure the safety and the future of our county.

Much like the traditional New Year, it seems the Board is aiming to start off the new fiscal year on a good note.

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Several road projects were awarded and will soon begin construction in addition to new equipment being purchased.

Monthly reports and personnel changes were accepted without issue by the public audience as they remained calmly seated, even during discussions of the George Ford Road bridge project.

With the budget approved several weeks ago, the atmosphere in the boardroom suggests that many people have moved on from tax increases due to millage rates.

After tough budget decisions, the Board is setting out to do what it promised: provide much needed services to the county.

On Monday, it approved expenditures for law enforcement uniforms, jail maintenance, road equipment, bus turnaround additions, the Pearl River County Hospital Cancer Walk and Health Fair, purchase of additional property and several travel items for training programs.

At Monday’s meeting, the board approved 18 measures to finance travel for training and educational purposes.

This shows an effort by many departments to increase their skills and abilities to better serve Pearl River County.

Though these expenditures have come at an increased cost to taxpayers in the county, the Board discussed these expenditures at length, ensuring contracts were fair and fully understood before signing.

Today’s Item includes some of these discussions, with more to be published in Wednesday’s Item.