The Fulton County Quorum Court approved the 2004 budget at the Nov. 17 meeting with the largest request -- $496,526 -- from the sheriff's office.
The general fund budget totaled $1,515,467, with a projected general fund revenue of $1,481,402 and a carryover of $435,734.
Fulton County Judge Curren Everett said the county is in good shape.
Last year's budget totaled $1,434,194. The 2004 budget increase is mainly due to salary raises for county employees. Full-time employees received a $1,000 raise and part-time employees were given 25 cents an hour. Everett said there are 51 full-time employees in the county.
In 2003 employees received $500 salary increases.
Amounts appropriated to various departments include: county judge $40,742; county collector $146,114; county clerk $118,594; county assessor $272,628; county treasurer $65,979; circuit court $27,398; health department $16,226; maintenance department $52,036; quorum court $42,498; ambulance $20,000; veteran's service officer $17,058; emergency services $5,727; juvenile department $17,500; coroner $6,586; deputy prosecutor $15,050; prosecuting department $9,500; municipal court $64,890; and grants and aid $80,415.
The county road budget totaled $1,459,814 with a projected road revenue of $1,162,765.
The library fund is $92,262; tri-county shirt fund $900; breathalyzer fund $1,000; indigent attorney fund $5,262; and 9-1-1 fund of $77,581.
The 2003 9-1-1 budget request last year totaled $38,088. The additional revenue will be used for salaries for a full-time and a part-time dispatcher.
Fund 49, the clerk's recording fee, totaled $19,000.
Everett said Fulton County didn't suffer from budget woes because in past years the county has watched its spending. He said departments are not over-staffed. He further attributes the county's financial stability to wise spending from department heads and a good working relationship among the courthouse and quorum court members.
In other action, the court approved the following levies: Mammoth Spring School District, .02789 mills real property tax mill and .02789 mills personal tax; Salem School District .0315 mills real property tax and .0315 mills personal property tax; Viola School District .02982 mills real property tax and .02982 mills personal property tax; Highland School District .0283 mills real property tax and .0283 mills personal property tax; city of Horseshoe Bend .005 mills real property tax and .005 mills personal property tax; city of Viola 5.0 mills real property tax and 5.0 mills personal property tax; city of Salem 5.0 mills real property tax and 5.0 mills personal property tax; city of Mammoth Spring .005 mills real property tax and .005 mills personal property tax; city of Ash Flat 2.0 mills real property tax and 2.0 mills personal property tax; city of Hardy 5.0 mills real property tax and 5.0 mills personal property tax; MRID of Horseshoe Bend 22.0 mills assessment against benefits; Cherokee Village Suburban Improvement District 100.0 mills assessment against benefits; county of Fulton (library) 1.0 mill real property tax and 1.0 mill personal property tax; county of Fulton (road) 2.0 mills real property tax and 2.0 mills personal property tax; County of Fulton (general) 3.0 mills real property and 3.0 mills personal tax.
In other action, Salem Chamber President Gary Phillips addressed the quorum court about the trail of lights project.Per the chamber's request the county agreed to do a little more decorating on the court square. Next year it will look at decorating the whole courthouse, Everett said.