More than $4 million is proposed for new equipment and more workers in the county’s 2018 budget plan.
A total of $2.3 million for new equipment and almost $2 million from a variety of sources for new employees’ salaries and benefits is included in Chairman Dave Carmichael’s $140.7 million budget request commissioners are considering before their scheduled Aug. 8 vote on adoption.
Finance Director Tabitha Pollard said discussions with department heads in May helped county officials decide the timing of filling new positions and buying new equipment. A total of 49 new positions in 22 departments at a cost of about $1.9 million is proposed in the 2018 budget.
However, only 19 positions would be funded immediately. Funding for 30 additional new full-time positions would begin later in the year – saving around $500,000 in 2018 but pushing the cost of funding a full year of the positions to 2019, according to finance director Tabitha Pollard.
New equipment proposed in the budget includes $668,000 for a number of upgrades and new equipment for the Information Technology Department; and $460,000 for vehicles for the DOT. Big-ticket items include a $145,000 water truck for the DOT; $95,000 in video equipment for the Public Information Department; $87,000 for structural repairs to Dallas Library; and $65,000 for a stormwater utility study.
Top personnel requests came from the sheriff’s office, which is seeking nine new positions, and fire department and E-911 department, which are requesting six each. Funding for the E-911 and fire department personnel would begin immediately while money for the nine sheriff’s office positions would be available later in the year.
Sheriff Gary Gulledge is waiting to see how many positions the county commission approves before deciding the timing of filling the positions and tasks of the new…