Commissioner call for expanded audit, see e-edition or this week's Progress.
Pickens County Board of Commissioners (l-r) - Jerry Barnes, Chairman Rob Jones and Becky Denney
At their first official work session as a board, Pickens County’s new commission members immediately got down to business, vowing to slash the budget by $1 million after new CFO Faye Harvey said earlier this week the county is in dire straits.
District Commissioners Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes, as well as commission chair Rob Jones, all said cutting the county’s $19 million budget is a top priority for the upcoming year, and that they plan to change the FY 2013 budget through budget amendments.
“We know what we have to do on our part,” said District 2 Commissioner Becky Denney, who noted that the commissioner’s office would be responsible for $500,000 of those cuts.
The new commission board also discussed adopting an updated Emergency Management Ordinance, appointments for the Pickens County Board of Assessors and other local boards, caps on the amount the commission chair can spend in emergency situations, road paving, and routine business such as new meeting times.