During Monday’s Marshall County Council meeting, Auditor Julie Fox discussed the 2023 budget.

Fox told members the various county department have submitted their budget requests for next year with the General Fund coming in at $16,821,000 and the special funds at $17,717,000.  Fox said the total budget request for 2023 is $33,799,286.18.

Council members were given copies of the budget request so they can begin the process of review.  They will meet with each county department head on Monday, August 8th to discuss their requests in their regular monthly meeting.  On September 12th the County Council will conduct Budget Hearings for 2023 and on October 10th they will adopt next year’s budget. 

Council member Steve Harper asked when they will have revenue projections and Auditor Julie Fox said, “It will be probably another month to six weeks, maybe sooner.”  She continued, “It depends on how the DGLF comes back with our approval.”  If not available for the August meeting, Fox said she would be able to give a pretty good estimate. 

The County Auditor also asked Council to consider setting meeting dates and times for 2032.  She said she typically submits their calendar for approval in the August meeting. She said, “The reason it is normally adopted in August is because the courts certainly and other departments schedule around some of the dates.”

Following a short discussion by County Council members, Councilman Heath Thornton motioned to keep the meetings at the same time and date in 2023 but his motion died for lack of a second.

Councilman Jesse Bohannon stated that all the other municipalities conduct their meetings in the evenings. Bohannon motioned to move the meetings to the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.  His motion was seconded by Councilman Tim Harman.  Before voting, it was suggested to move the August departmental budget request meeting and the September Budget Hearings to 9 a.m.

The council unanimously approved the motion.  The change in meeting times will begin in January 2023.