ERWIN — The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department has tentatively received a slight increase to its operational budget previously approved by the Unicoi County Commission’s Finance Committee.
Earlier this month, the committee approved setting the UCSD’s operational budget at $1,905,057, which is more than $46,000 less than what the department was seeking in the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Following some discussion about proposed revenue increases the county could realize in the 2011-12 fiscal year, the committee opted Tuesday to allocate an additional $23,000 to the proposed UCSD’s budget, bringing it up to $1,928,057. Commissioners present voted 4-1 to restore this additional funding, with Commissioner Doug Bowman voting against the measure.
The committee also voted to restore some funding to the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Previously, the committee had opted to subtract $3,000 from the Chamber’s $15,000 allocation and divide that between the Downtown Erwin Merchants’ Association and the Town of Unicoi Business Alliance.
Commissioner Mickey Hatcher said the county’s contribution to the Chamber has decreased over the past few years, and the proposed allocation of $12,000 represents a 7 percent reduction from last year’s contribution.
The committee voted to set the contribution to the Chamber at $14,700, which is $300 less than was originally sought. Contributions of $1,500 each to the Downtown Erwin Merchants’ Association and the Town of Unicoi Business Alliance will remain in place.