Three appropriation ordinances and a request from a former sheriff's department employee for back pay topped the agenda of Tuesday night's Phillips County Court session.
Three appropriation ordinances and a request from a former sheriff’s department employee for back pay topped the agenda of Tuesday night’s Phillips County Court session.
The meeting began with the passage of an appropriation ordinance for the Phillips County Sheriff's Department annual budget. The 2014 projected revenue (unchanged) is $2,025,350, of which 90 per cent is $1,822,815. The appropriation included a carry over increased to $480,216. The allowed budgeted amount equaled to $2,303,031. Disbursements of $15,000 for vehicles were included in the ordinance, increasing the general fund to $2,259,098
The JPs then discussed and passed another appropriation ordinance for the county's public defender budget. The 2014 projected revenue (unchanged) amounted to $16,623. A total of $14,397 was transferred out to increase the allowed budgeted amount to $31,020. The appropriation increased the total county public defender's fund to $32,372 by way of an appropriation of $14,397 for contract labor.
The third appropriation ordinance included a 2014 projected revenue increase in the animal shelter fund of $40,000 to increase the total budget for the shelter to $65,000. All three ordinances passed.
In less than 15 minutes in session a JP made a motion to adjourn before a former county employee asked to be recognized.
The last order of business included a request for back pay from Linda Bailey. Bailey noted that she is was seeking compensation for 148 hours of unpaid work "As a result of my continued employment within the Phillips County Sheriff and Collector's [office] without a daily lunch break." According to Bailey's records, she is owed compensation from Feb. 16, 2005 to March 2, 2005 amounting to 36 hours. She noted that she is also owed for work performed from Jan. 16, 2008 to July 16, 2008, amounting to 112 hours.
After a few minutes of discussion, no decision was made to compensate Bailey. 27 minutes after the meeting began it was finally adjourned after less than half an hour.