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(TAYLORVILLE) —The Audit, Finance and Purchasing Committee of the Christian County Board met on the second floor of the Christian County Courthouse on Wednesday to discuss contracts with CTI and Diamond Bros. and officially finalizing the Fiscal Year 2024 budget.
Christian County’s budget may have taken almost 20 motions and two executive sessions to finalize but on Wednesday, the committee finally sent the finished product to be reviewed by the full Board. The motion was made to recommend the approval of the FY24 budget and appropriation ordinance with the changes made. The motion passed through unanimously.
Tax Levy Ordinances with updated changes were also approved and sent to be reviewed. Both passed unanimously.
The first of the closed sessions were to discuss the budgets and salaries of the Circuit Court Judge, Sheriff’s Department and the Solid Waste and Zoning director’s salaries.
The committee returned about a half-hour later and questioned Chief Deputy Jim Baker about the request for $10,000 for radios. Baker explained that the new radios which were donated in the past were being paid monthly at a price of $960 a month by the individual who supplied the donation. The contribution was stopped in July of 2023.
A motion was made to move $10,000 for Equipment Operating to Communications to pay for the radios.
Next, the Solid Waste and Zoning salaries were set at $65,000 by unanimous roll call vote.
Other actions taken were approving the CTI internet contract at a price of nearly $138,000. The approval comes with a six month review.
Renewal of premiums for Property, Liability, Auto, Unemployment through Diamond Bros. and the state ICENT passed. Cost is a bit more than $298,000 while Workers Compensation (Diamond Bros., IPRF) totaled just over $84,000. Both were recommended to the full board when they meet on Tuesday.
The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.