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Washington County Fiscal Court approves budget

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Veterans Memorial update to include Sgt. Adam Hughes

By Trent Taylor

The Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday approved the second reading of its 2019-20 budget, which was slightly modified after the first draft was reviewed by state officials.

Washington County Judge-Executive Timothy Graves said after the first reading, the budget resolution was sent to the state for approval and, other than one clerical/monetary change, the budget was approved.

“After the first reading it was sent to the state for approval,” Graves said. “We have received our letter of approval from the Department of Local Government. They did make one change. It was a clerical issue in our liability section. I guess it is more mathematical then clerical, but in our budget now in our reserved line it went from $107,499 down to $97,499. It was a $10,000 issue under our lease payments — we had $48,400 and it’s $38,400. So, our reserved now on the 2019-2020 budget is $97,499 and has been approved by the state.”

Also discussed was an addition to the Veterans Memorial in front of the courthouse.

The memorial represents residents from Washington County who gave their lives in service to the country. The four-sided memorial honors those from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and Korean wars. In operation Iraqi Freedom, Sgt. Adam Hughes gave his life and his name is not mentioned.

Magistrates moved to add an additional top part to the monument to honor Hughes.

In other business, Recycling and Solid Waste Manager Brad Langford told magistrates there have been some issues with the recycling trailers as people are dumping their trash in them instead of items that can be recycled.

Also, during his report, Graves said a long-term agreement with Marion County is in the works to continue helping with the dead animal pick-up. They hope to have a long-term agreement to vote on during the June 28 meeting.

The Fiscal Court also decided to hire a part-time and two full-time employees for the Road Department. These hires will bring the department back to full staff of nine workers.

Magistrates approved donating $1,000 to help the city with the Independence Day celebration.

Copies of the budget can be picked up at the Judge-Executive’s Office during normal business hours.

The next court meeting will be June 28.