Sullivan resolution would allocate $40,000 for trustee's office

J. H. Osborne • Apr 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Budget cuts by the Sullivan County Commission have left the county trustee’s office too low on supplies funding to do a proper job the rest of this fiscal year, according to a resolution sponsored by Eddie Williams, the commission’s Budget Committee chairman.

Budget Committee Vice Chairman Robert White is co-sponsor of the resolution, which seeks to appropriate $40,000 to the trustee’s office to cover needed supplies for rest of this budget cycle, which ends June 30.

The Williams/White resolution points out the county has cut more than $70,000 out of the trustee’s operating budget in the last two years, while prices for supplies have continued to increase.

“The office is fiscally responsible and tries to maintain adequate supplies, such as receipts, tax notices, postage, etc., to fully execute the duties of the office,” the resolutions reads, in part. “However, budget constraints are proving to be a hindrance.”

The trustee’s office is responsible for collecting county property taxes and other revenues that support all of county government — and some of which is passed back to the cities.

The $40,000 will cover supplies and printing expenses “that are directly related to revenue collections for Sullivan County,” the resolution states.

The commission’s Administrative Committee gave the resolution its thumbs up on Wednesday.

A day earlier, the resolution failed to gain an endorsement from the commission’s Executive Committee when four members — Matthew Johnson, Bill Kilgore, John Gardner and Terry Harkleroad — voted “no.”

The resolution will likely be a topic of discussion and come for a possible vote by the commission’s Budget Committee tonight.

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