HC fills $600,000 hole in budget

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 13, 2012

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders spoke to Rotarians about the 2013 budget at the recent meeting Oct. 5.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–At the recent Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meeting, Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders gave an update on the passing of the county’s 2013 budget.
“We have to be careful with taxpayers money,” Sanders said.
“We eliminated a few positions, but that doesn’t mean we eliminated the jobs,” he added.
The Henderson County Tax Office found themselves in a $600,000 deficit due to the decrease in out-of-state inmates.
According to Sanders, out-of-county inmate numbers have dropped because Smith County increased their number of beds, found other jails closer to home and decreased their case load by pleas and other means.
In 2011, Henderson County saw 60 out-of-county inmates a day, compared to only 10 a day in 2012.
In order to fill the $600,000 hole, the county eliminated 12 to 14 positions and cut four voting boxes from the 31 in operation.
Sanders stated each voter box is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and workers are hard to find.
“Taxpayers are working hard to meet their own bills, we do not want to pass along the county’s loss,” Sanders said.
“We didn’t rush, we looked into everything to make a good decision for our residents,” Sanders said.