The Faulkner County Quorum Court will use its final meeting of 2012 to approve the 2013 budget as well as consider the transfer of funds within the county.
The regularly scheduled meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at courtroom C of the Faulkner County Courthouse, will actually pick up where November’s meeting left off before starting with the December meeting. The Finance and Administration Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the same area.
During its regularly scheduled meeting in November, the court received the proposed budget but declined to act on it so that the court members could take time looking it over. Questions would not be able to be asked of the Finance and Administration Committee, however. That committee has already passed the budget to the court.
The budget of ongoing expenses is actually down by about $200,000 from 2012. The court has previously approved a 3 percent increase in salaries of county employees, which will be shown in this budget.
Justice of the Peace Steve Goode asked for another month to consider the budget after some questions came up concerning "non-restricted" funds in the budget.
After the court agreed to postpone any action, Faulkner County Treasurer Regina Oakley made a polite request that the JPs try and approve the budgets in November in future years.
"It is really so much work toward the end of the year," Oakley said. "Making a decision in November instead of December would be a big help."
In addition to the budget, the court will consider the final transfers of county funds within the departments. 30 transfers within the various offices are up for approval.
The court will also consider a resolution authorizing the extension of a medical ambulance service franchise to Metroplan Emergency Medical Services System (MEMS) by Faulkner County.