WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission held a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19 to provide an update on the counties’ financial status.
County Commissioner John Mark Hubbard opened the discussion stating, “We only have one item on this agenda and this is the financial status of the county. We are going to try to keep you updated.”
A hand out was provided at the meeting that compared general county revenues from 2014 and 2015 and listed the current cash balance as of Jan. 19 2016. The cash balance included all sources of revenue received.
Hubbard continued stating, “I think it is pretty self-explanatory as far as where we are in reviewing 2014 and 2015 and where we are going into the current year of 2016. As you can see, revenues are down pretty substantially to say the least between 2014 and 2015. If you look at the cash balance as of today of $538,433.12 you can also see that we are down compared to what we were this time last year.”
Mingo County has been making an effort to bring the current jail bail down which has been a large expense for the county. “A positive is that the jail bill is down. I commend all those from the judge, the prosecutors, to the sheriff’s office to the magistrates and everyone involved for realizing the severity of our jail bill going forward and make sure that those that are incarcerated need to be incarcerated,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard explained that at this time, there will be no county layoffs. “I guess the big question that I keep hearing is: Is there impending layoffs? Folks I don’t think that we are at that point to make that decision. I think we have a budget that we have committed to for the fiscal year and we are going to try our very best to see that we meet that budget.”
The discussion continued, allowing for public comment. The commissioners also discussed current trends in Mingo County. “I think everyone is very aware of what has been going on at the county as far as closures.”
Commissioner Diann Hannah stated, “People are leaving.” Hubbard agreed stating, “We continue to see in the tax department, and those dollars continue to go down. We will have to make adjustments. Those adjustments will be made collectively.”
The next regular meeting of the Mingo County Commission will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 9;00 a.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)