We are operating under the fiscal 2019 Budget. Thank you to the Roane County Budget Committee members: Darryl Meadows, Carolyn Granger, James Brummett, and Mike Hooks for their hard work on the fiscal 2019 budget. Many improvements have been made over the years in budget planning and preparation with the county establishing a solid financial foundation to help make long-term decisions. The Budget Committee held a public hearing, followed by a budget committee meeting and finally a County Commission work session. The County Commission unanimously approved the Appropriation Resolution and Tax Resolution.
Some highlights of the budget include:
- A 2% raise for general government employees
- Approval of the Seventh Capital Improvement Plan for the general government
- A continuation of the multi-year debt budgets
- Allocation of funds to purchase the final property for the jail improvement project
- Plans for a Rockwood ambulance station
Topics of Continued Deliberation Include:
- We anticipate the school improvement plan discussion will continue in the coming months
- The Wheel Tax will be considered on the November ballot
The county continues to purchase assets from current revenue instead of debt financing. This allows for the necessary replacements of ambulances and patrol cars as they approach obsolescence. Stay tuned to further Roane County Newsletters, as we will be announcing further improvements budgeted for the Office of Emergency Services and animal control.
We are finishing the 2019 Budget with hopefully an adoption by Commission on July 9th. A new Commission will be elected on August 2, 2018, which will consist of at least five (5) new commissioners. We welcome two (2) new commissioners who are running unopposed: Shannon Hester will be replacing Carolyn Granger, and Ben Gann will be replacing Todd Fink. Not seeking re-election are Peggy Collier, Renee Kelley, and Chris Johnson. With a number of new commissioners, a new fiscal year and a number of initiatives the staff has been working on are some of the items we are going to be addressing. We hope to have an orientation and planning session in mid-September for the newly seated Commission.
Briefly here is a list of items we are working on:
- Jail Phase II
- School Improvement Plan
- Old Caney Creek Campground
- Riley Creek Campground
- Ambulance Stations
Operational Issues/Concerns/Consideration of Policy:
- Property and Liability Insurance-Market or Pools
- Health Insurance State Plan or Market Plan
- Workers Compensation – Self Insurance Performance
- Opioid Crisis
- Back Tax Property Management
- Ambulance Department
- Consolidation on Partnering of Municipal Services
- Potential Impacts of School Consolidation
- Management of Swan Pond Sports Complex
- Asset Management (Back Tax Properties)
- Solid Waste Collections and Disposals
We are pleased to have put into place a financial infrastructure that helps us have a long term planning process. The planning of making County government begins with a “Vision,” and twice a year internally we aspire to create or refine our previous visions. We encourage you to help us in the process. Give us a call or send us an email of what you think can make our communities better.