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    Fiscal Court Holds First Regular Meeting of Year

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter
    Jackson County Fiscal Court held their first meeting of 2021 on Monday, January 11. The meeting was called to order by Judge Executive Shane Gabbard and the minutes from the previous meeting in December was read by County Clerk Donald "Duck" Moore with all magistrates approving the minutes. The next item on the agenda was the judge's report which is being run separately in this week's issue. The magistrates reported that they have been working on road maintenance in their districts. Magistrate Dale Vaughn requested to seek assistance to find funding to repair the bridge on Vaughn Cemetery Road in Bond. The Fiscal Court agreed that the project needed assistance. In the sheriff's report, Sheriff Hays addressed the problems that had been coming from the entertainment game rooms that operate late hours in the county. They are receiving several calls and complaints about activity at these establishments. An ordinance limiting operating may need to be put in place to address problems with these establishments. He also urged the public to clearly mark their property with their mailbox numbers so EMS and police can find them easier in case of an emergency.

    Judge Executive Gives Weekly Update

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    We have started off the new year busy and with business as usual. The month of January is the beginning of the 3rd quarter for the Fiscal Court. This means we are halfway through our current Fiscal Year, so we will be looking at where we are within our budget and determine if any adjustments need to be made to ensure we donít overspend our projected revenues. We are in the finishing stages of the FY 19-20 audit and currently we are preparing our exit documents with auditors so they can finish and publish the audit. I can say that we did overspend in some parts of our budget from that Fiscal Year, so we need to pay closer attention the next five months to try and avoid that if possible. If overspending is still an issue, then we will have no choice but to make cuts in some area of local government.