Lincoln County Supervisors approve budget, with caveat

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors approved a new budget Tuesday with one important modification: County Administrator Daniel Calcote made sure to assign all the incoming American Rescue Plan Funds to be used on supervisors’ lists of road and bridge work.

“We just want to make sure we expend all those ARPA funds, even if some aren’t [specially] settled on a [particular] project [at this time],” Calcote said. “We’d rather over-budget than under-budget.”

The concern comes from the fact that only $3.3 million — half of the expected funds — have been deposited with the county, with the remaining $3.3 million funds not yet received. County officials want to make sure the full scope of the funding is assigned and used before any entity can have a notion to take any of it back. Though there is no current situation that might call for that to happen, Calcote wanted to be on the safe side, he said.

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The supervisors approved the budget 4-1, with District 1’s Jerry Wilson voting no.

In other business, the board:

• Approved accounts payable dockets

• Approved payroll dockets

• Authorized the board president to execute lease documents with BankFirst for two lease purchases of county equipment for District 1 and 5 (tractors)

• Approved the Fiscal Year 2023 county budget (no tax increase)

• Approved a letter of engagement with the Office of the State Auditor for the FY 2020 audit

• Approved the county’s match of $5,312.20 to the CDBG AITX Rail Spur Fund from the general fund to the rail fund

• Acknowledged the delinquent tax report for August

• Approved the meal county sheets for weeks 48 and 49

• Acknowledged the 16th Section residential lease for Mary Ladnier on China Grove Road

• Acknowledged the 16th Section residential leader for Sheila Williams and Jamosha Price on Holmesville Road

• Approved amending a personnel report for error

• Approved school bus turnarounds for Becky Morgan on Weeks Lane, District 5; Veronica Branch on Hunters Road, District 3; and Lacey Hurst on Hwy. 84E, District 1.