An update regarding the progress on the county’s budget for 2018 was given during Monday’s meeting of the Clark County Quorum Court.

An update regarding the progress on the county’s budget for 2018 was given during Monday’s meeting of the Clark County Quorum Court.
According to Justice Tom Calhoon, chairman of the Clark County Budget Committee, the committee has to propose a budget and make it available to the entire Quorum Court 15 days prior to the vote.
“If we propose one and there is a problem with it at that meeting, we don’t have a mechanism to make changes at that point,” said Calhoon.
Justice Calhoon noted that a proposed budget for 2018 has been made available to the Quorum Court. He requested that any questions or suggestions to the proposed budget by Friday morning when the budget committee meets.
“We had an unappropriated funds figure of $163,000, which is roughly three percent, which is the target figure we had, of the total $5,060,000 budget,” Calhoon said.
According to Calhoon, of the $163,000 which hasn’t been appropriated, some of the funds will be used to help add a new criminal investigator position for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. The new position will focus primarily on sexual assault cases. In addition, the City of Arkadelphia is expected to contribute to the investigator’s salary. More details regarding the position will be worked out between the county and the city.
It was reported that for the 2017 budget the county currently has approximately $76,000 in unappropriated funds. Barring any unforeseen large expenses between now and the end of the year, Calhoon noted the total cost to give all full-time employees a $500 one-time payment would be approximately $55,000.
“We have some unappropriated funds in specific accounts in salaries in these different departments that would take up a portion of that,” said Calhoon, who added there was not a request nor a recommendation for the one-time payment.
Regarding the 2018 budget, Justice Brown Hardman asked if there was a plan to address the lack of revenue for the county’s sanitation department.
Clark County Judge Troy Tucker noted there is a plan to address it and reported there is a difference of approximately $1,000 between what’s been appropriated and what’s anticipated for the sanitation department.
“We should be O.K. in the sanitation budget for this year,” Tucker said.
• Justices approved a request to transfer $25,000 from the sheriff department’s fuel budget for part-time employment in the sheriff’s office.
• An ordinance to levy taxes on real property and personal property for 2017 collectible in 2018 was adopted.