The largest increase in the 2002 budget was a request by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $47,430, according to County Judge Curren Everett. Fulton County Quorum Court members met Dec. 10 and passed the 2002 Budget Ordinance.
Everett said the increase for the sheriff's office is due to the rising costs of housing prisoners, employee salary increases and the need for another patrol car.There are not facilities in the Fulton County jail to house women. The cost for lodging in a facility designed to accommodate females is about $45 per day.
To build a jail at this time is not feasible; it would cost over $1.5 million and the judge said to accomplish this would mean an increase in millage and other tax increases.Everett said $658 was appropriated for the survey on the new health facility that will be constructed on Highway 9 South and Airport Road at the Salem Industrial Park. The amount of $468.78 was appropriated from the Tri-County Maintenance Fund for the road department for gravel work that was done back in the summer at the Tri-County Shirt Factory.
The clerk of the circuit court hired part-time summer help, so the amount of $620.58 was appropriated from the recording fees to cover the expense.
The Fulton County Land Use Planning Committee met after the Quorum Court meeting. The land use plan was drafted and given to the committee for review.
The plan is a tool for the county government to have to protect the rights of the landowners. It is designed to help protect the culture, history and economic base when federal business is enacted within the county.
Everett said he is hopeful the quorum court will pass the land use plan in January.