Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed the council about the slight omission from the jail budget, which compensates for the change in visitation hours at the Clay County Justice Center, slated to begin at the beginning of the year.
"We had inadvertently left out the cost of adding four hours per week of visitation," Heaton said. "The new hours will be effective at the start of 2011, and the additional cost of doing so is $1,934."
After allowing the addition to the jail budget, the council took a final look at the budget, specifically the funds affected by the property tax levy.
With no additional changes or reductions made, the council approved the budget 5-0, as council members Larry Moss and Brian Wyndham were not in attendance.
The maximum estimated tax levy set by the council for 2011 is $3,392,929, with a total approved budget in the levy funds of $7,034,063, which is set in the following manner:
* General Fund -- $5,747,902,
* Reassessment Fund -- $274,925,
* Cumulative Bridge Fund -- $640,000,
* Health Fund --$218,544,
* Aviation Fund -- $54,130, and
* Cumulative Capital Development -- $98,562.
Meanwhile, the council conducted its required Non-Binding Review of budgets from all taxing units.
In accordance to legislation, the council must review all budgets prior to their respective final passage, but are not allowed to make modifications, and may only provide a positive or negative recommendation to the Department of Local Government Finance.
For all budgets submitted, the council provided positive recommendations to approval as they were presented.
Budgets for Perry, Brazil and Van Buren townships were not presented for the review, and the council did not provide a recommendation on those budgets.
Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times with no budgets submitted by those taxing units, they are only able to approve a budget equivalent to that of their respective 2010 budgets.
The nest regular meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.