Dearborn County Council Listening To Budget Requests This Week
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Budget meetings for Dearborn County government got underway Monday.
Dearborn County Council, the board of elected officials which control the county’s purse strings, is holding the meetings 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day through the end of this week. The public budget meetings are held at the County Administration Building in Lawrenceburg.
On Monday, council members heard budget requests from Auditor Gayle Pennington and Clerk of Courts Rick Probst, among others.
On tap for Tuesday are Dearborn County Commissioners, Redevelopment Commission, Extension Office, Animal Control, Emergency Management Agency, Treasurer, Recorder, Prosecutor, and Circuit Court Judge to detail their budget needs for the next fiscal year.
The schedule for the rest of the week follows.
Wednesday, August 27
8:45 a.m. Assessor
9:00 a.m. Park Board
9:30 a.m. Maintenance
10:00 a.m. Circuit Court Probation
10:45 a.m. Regional Sewer District
11:15 a.m. Health Department
1:00 p.m. Superior Court II Judge
1:30 p.m. Superior Probations and Community Corrections
2:00 p.m. Safe Passage
Thursday, August 28
8:45 a.m. Building Department
9:00 a.m. Coroner
9:15 a.m. Surveyor
9:30 a.m. Lifetime Resources
10:00 a.m. Planning and Zoning
10:30 a.m. Sheriff and Jail
11:30 a.m. Dearborn County Convention, Visitors, and Tourism Bureau
1:15 p.m. Veteran’s Service Officer
1:30 p.m. PAWS of Dearborn County
2:00 p.m. Dearborn County Historical Society
Friday, August 29
8:45 a.m. Dearborn County Communications 911
I am not sure if the hearing are public or not. I would, however, like for some questions to be asked about some of the departmental budgets.
A couple of years ago, after having to do LOTS of checking, I did manage to find copies of the individual departments and did some comparing to other departments in counties in Indiana and was shocked at the tremendous differences.
Some of Dearborn County's smaller department appear to have very inflated budgets compared to other even more populated counties in Indiana.
It would be an excellent idea to perhaps review the budgets of such departments as to what necessities are being purchased and which non necessities could be adjusted.
The differences could be perhaps re directed for more beneficial expenses.
Are these meetings open to the public? If so, the general public will be left in the dark because of the scheduled hours. Unless of course, you're unemployed and then you have all day.