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HUNTINGDON (April 3) — Carroll County Budget Committee is expecting to grant no pay raises for employees for the 2020-21 fiscal year beginning July 1. Because of the adverse financial effects …
HUNTINGDON (April 3) — Carroll County Budget Committee is expecting to grant no pay raises for employees for the 2020-21 fiscal year beginning July 1. Because of the adverse financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the budgets of governmental entities, the county is attempting to manage its finances.
Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler said the county was the county was managing its budget and expenditures until March, when the uncertainty of pandemic weighed heavily on the budget. The pandemic and the Safer at Home mandate by the governor will affect sales tax collections, court fees and fees for housing state inmates. Butler said he participated in many conference calls with the governor and other mayors, all of whom have no idea how this pandemic will affect revenues.
Some county employees have rotated shifts to limit exposure to the other associates and the public. All employees were paid during that time.
Some extra state funding for Carroll Academy for the 2020-21 fiscal year was eliminated from the budget once the pandemic hit. However, a state emergency fund for county governments was doubled to $200 million, which should yield the county of Carroll $717,298. Those funds are for one-time expenditures, such as capital maintenance or utility system upgrades. Funds may be used for road projects, I.T. upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, and public safety projects. Certain disaster-related expenses are also eligible for funding.
One-time expenses related to COVID-19 are eligible including supply and equipment purchase, cleaning, emergency food and shelter programs. Counties impacted by the March 2020 tornadoes including Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, Smith, and Wilson counties may also use the funds for tornado relief efforts.
The county was notified it will receive additional disaster funding for tornado relief.
The Committee voted to stop all departments’ expenditures, except emergencies, for the fiscal year ending June 30. Each department is also asked to trim its budget for the next fiscal year.
In other action, the Committee discussed the county’s liability concerning the ongoing $10 wheel tax for the development of the 1000-acre Recreation Lake.
Vouchers for intra-department budgetary transfers were approved and signed by the Committee members.