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CUMBERLAND CO. BUDGET COMMITTEE FAVORS SOME ITEMS, WAITS ON OTHERS

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The Cumberland County Budget Committee met Tuesday afternoon in what was described as “a marathon session” that lasted four hours. During the extended session, the committee approved a number of new or converted positions.

County Finance Director Nathan Brock told 105.7 News this morning that following “some lively discussion,” the budget committee approved addition of a full-time position to staff the animal shelter; they also converted a part-time position to full-time status for a general-sessions court judge, as well as converting a part-time building-maintenance position (for the courthouse and the Milo Lemert Building across the street) to a full-time position.

No funding was included for new deputies for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.

“There was a lot of discussion in regard to adding another truck to the [EMS] service, and staffing for that,” Brock said. “They wanted to research it a little bit more. They didn’t say no, but they did not say yes, either.”

The committee asked the EMS director to get additional data and report back to them at their next meeting.

As for capital expenditures, “They spent a pretty good amount of time” discussing several proposed expenditures, Brock told 105.7 News. “Some were approved; most weren’t. Everything from vehicles to carpet for a building. It’s a mixed bag of everything.”

The Cumberland County Budget Committee meets again Tuesday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the small courtroom of the old courthouse building on Main Street. The public is welcome to attend.


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