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Jasper County officials say general revenue is tight as finalize 2015 budget

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Jasper County officials continue to work to finalize the 2015 budget.

However, a tight general revenue fund means the county might not be able to fulfill all the requests from departments for new equipment.

Jasper County auditor Richard Webster says the proposed 2015 budget is balanced, but stretched.

"The general revenue fund is used basically to finance numerous offices within the county," Webster said.

Many of which have requested the purchase of new equipment for next year, such as new desktop computers, copiers and calculators.

"Chances are those won't be hard to be included in the budget," he said.

Webster says one of the biggest extra expenses the commissioners are currently examining is to replace the county's voting machines, which are nearly a decade old.

"We have the direct-recording electronic (DRE) equipment, which is for the handicapped and disabled," said Marilyn Baugh, Jasper County clerk. "The new equipment consolidates that into one machine."

"We're talking between $200,000 to $300,000," Webster said. "We need around 53 machines because that's the number of precincts there are in the county."

Commissioners are also working to see if funds can be allocated to purchase new file cabinets for voter registration cards, currently held by an outdated card filing system, which they have previously had issues with.

"Right now, they're going, but we are going to have problems," Baugh said. "We're going to try to see if we can't replace it, be proactive on that issue."

Webster says the general revenue fund is projected to be at $16.2 million next year.

He expects further word on funding for the voting equipment at an upcoming budget hearing, next Tuesday.

The county's budget must be finalized and in place by January 10.
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