Leflore County's general fund for the next fiscal year is $10.691 million, a $454,000 increase over last year.
Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham, who also serves as county administrator, said the county hopes to make up the difference through the collection of back fines. He estimated those fines to be “several thousands.”
The budget as a whole, as approved by county supervisors, sits at $33.037 million.
The most significant fluctuation within the general fund is in the sheriff's department. For the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the department's funding will be 21 percent over the previous year. According to Abraham, the increase n which brings the department's funding to $279,364 n stems from the hiring of three new deputies, along with one extra to work the courthouse and another for courts.
The county also will give its election process a 55 percent funding increase, raising the 2007-2008 budget to $151,650. Abraham said the increase is due to the county's decision to pay poll workers $125 a day, instead of the $75 they were receiving.
“It's hard to get people to work those polls for $75,” said Abraham.
The next biggest change can be seen at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center, which was given a $40,000 increase in funding by supervisors. That is only one-fourth of the increase that Leflore County Judge Solomon Osborne requested for the facility. The center's 2007-2008 budget is at $629,883.
Funding for the county jail decreased $49,000, and funding for the Leflore County Civic Center dropped by $30,962.
Abraham attributed the jail's decrease to $1,212,000 to Sheriff Ricky Banks' good management. The Civic Center's decrease, according to Abraham, is due to changes in its lighting system.
The amount budgeted for Circuit Court rose by $19,272 to $698,522. Justice Court received a $37,396 increase, bringing its budget to $353,075.