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Commission passes disputed 2014 fiscal year budget

The Blount County Commission last week passed on a 3-2 vote the 2014 fiscal year budget it has discussed and debated in weekly budget meetings since Sept. 5. The budget projects estimated revenues and expenses covering the period Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014. Total expenditures for the period are projected in the budget to total $17,094,353, 5 percent […]

Budgeted Expenditures

Explanation of pie-chart terms Expenditures (major categories) General Government: county building maintenance, employee salaries/benefits, direct support to outside agencies, elections expense. Public Safety: Sheriff’s Department, jail, school resource officers, emergency management, coroner, youth services, juvenile probation, and fire protection. Highways and Roads: district road budgets, engineer’s office, county shop, road-related equipment and materials. Sanitation: county transfer station and contract garbage […]

North Alabama Youth Rodeo showcases young talent

From goat tying to bull riding, more than 50 kids, ages 7-18, will be competing in North Alabama Youth Rodeo Association (NAYRA) events at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center this weekend. For $3 per person, attendees will witness different events in separate age groups – Wrangler, age 7-10; Junior, age 11-14; and Senior, age 15-18. The group was organized by […]

Ray resigns as chamber director

Donny Ray, executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, resigned his position last Friday, effective Oct. 4. He has served in that position since Jan. 1, 2011, following the untimely death of Charles Carr. Ray formerly served as Blount County Revenue Commissioner from 1993 until 2008. In his resignation letter, Ray cited funding cuts that will render the […]

Four Blount County families meet for reunion

Construction begins on new E-911 center

The Blount County 911 Board voted last Thursday to contract with Goodgame Company Inc. of Pell City to construct a new 911 Center on Jack Fendley Drive, adjacent to its present location across from Woodland Park in Oneonta. The present building will be demolished when the new one is complete. The 4400-square-foot center will be built at a contract price […]

Notice: County residents

IN THE STATEHOUSE by Steve Flowers

Elections of 2014 are just around the corner

Believe it or not the 2014 state elections are only eight months away. This gubernatorial year, which usually portends a plethora of interesting and exciting races, is shaping up as a ho hum year. Gov. Robert Bentley appears to be on a path to breeze toward re-election to a second four-year term. Bentley has done a good job as governor […]

Budget Highlights

(The items and explanations below are condensed – and occasionally augmented by The Blount Countian – from the budget overview prepared by the commission staff and accompanying the 2014 budget.) •Blount is one of the few counties in the state able to pay its total 20 percent ATRIP* match ($2.88M) without incurring debt. Doing so, however, would deplete county reserves, […]