Franklin County budget process underway


FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners are set to begin the 2013-14 budget review April 15-16, county Clerk Julie Magoon said Tuesday.

The review will start with the program grants in the afternoon of April 15. The remainder of the budget will be reviewed the following day.

The caucus to see who will serve on the Budget Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 4 in the commissioners’ office at the Franklin County Courthouse, Magoon said.

Letters have been sent to all agencies and organizations that request program grants from the county, she said. County department heads have been alerted to get proposed budgets together.

The jail budget is being prepared for submission to the state, Magoon said.

There is one minor change at the jail. A clerical position at 20 hours per week is not enough time, she said. The person in that position has been working, on average, at least 30 hours a week doing paperwork.

Jail Manager Doug Blauvelt has suggested the position be 32 hours a week, which will make it full time, Magoon said.

The change still needs to be discussed with Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr.

Even if the position goes to full time, the budget will be OK, she said.

“Overall, I think the jail budget is looking good,” she said, and will be pretty much status quo.

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