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Sullivan County Commission 'work session' to take look at budget

April 16th, 2014 10:20 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan County Commission 'work session' to take look at budget

BLOUNTVILLE — What has earlier been described as a new monthly "work session" for the Sullivan County Commission Thursday evening, will include a "budget workshop" during which some county departments' annual funding requests will be presented, Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey said Tuesday.

Godsey said the mayor's role in the budget process is quite complex, including daily meetings with the county's budget director.

"We send out requests to each individual department head, and they submit their budget requests to the county mayor's office," Godsey said. "And then the county mayor sits down and goes over the budgets with the entire staff in the budget office."

After that, the next step is for the budget requests to go to the county commission's Executive and Administrative committees, for their review and recommendations, Godsey said.

Those committees canceled their regular meetings earlier this month, in favor of a full commission "work session" scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse.

Godsey, replaced as chairman of the county commission by a commission vote earlier this year — in what many saw as an expression of no confidence in his leadership ability — said he will be there.

While the two committees mentioned above are under the authority of the commission, state law places control of the Budget Committee under the county mayor.

Last year, after the makeup of Sullivan County's Budget Committee was questioned — specifically, whether or not it followed state law — Godsey officially named longtime Budget Committee Chairman Eddie Williams as his designated fill-in on the committee.

It was Williams last month who first raised the possibility of a monthly "work session," the first of which is scheduled for Thursday night.

"We're going to sit down with all the budgets we've received so far," Godsey said. "Most of them have come in at this point. Some of them can take longer to come in because different departments haven't gotten all their numbers. We're going to go ahead at the workshop, Thursday night, on taking up these budgets we have gotten in currently to see where we are at with what is being requested." 

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