Record Houston County budget approved, sanitation fees headed up
Houston County Commissioners on Monday passed a record $63 million-dollar operating budget for next year.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Houston County Commissioners on Monday passed a record $63 million-dollar operating budget for next year.
That is a $4 million increase over this year that goes into effect October 1.
“We had a good deal of equipment that we budgeted for last year (that we did not receive) due to supply chain issues,” Chairman Mark Culver said.
A nine percent Cost of Living Raise for about 400 county employees is also responsible for the hike.
Culver believes county coffers are in good shape with a $9 million fund balance projected for Fiscal Year 2023. The fund balance represents the difference between liabilities and assets.
“We were struggling to get to just 4 million just a few years ago,” Culver remembers.
In other business the commission:
Approved a $5 monthly increase for residential and commercial sanitation customers. Commissioner Doug Sinquefield voted against the hike
Rejected the sole bid of $6.5 million to replace windows and repair major leaks at the county administration tower but will continue to pursue the project
Approved a resolution authorizing the operation of medical cannabis dispensing sites within unincorporated areas of Houston County
Re-appointed Spencer Bienvenu to the Houston County Water Authority
And approved awarding a bid for full body X-Ray scanner at the Houston County Jail.
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