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Commission hears court budget proposal

Monday, December 31, 2012

Jim Bickel, left, 28th circuit court judge and David Huemader, court administrator, discus the 2013 budget for the 28th circuit judge and the Juvenile Office with the Vernon County Commission last Friday afternoon. The commission continues their budget hearings on Wednesday.
"We tried to keep expenses in line with 2012," David Heumader, 28th Circuit Court administrator, told the Vernon County Commission during a budget hearing Friday afternoon.

Presiding Commissioner Bonnie McCord said Friday that state law requires the circuit court to submit its budget before Jan. 1. The rest of the county's budget hearing process begins at 10 a.m. today when the commissioners hear from Vernon County Recorder of Deeds, Doug Shupe, as well as, Tammy Bond, public administrator, David Ferry, corner, Lynn M. Ewing III, prosecuting attorney, Phil Couch, collector/treasurer, Tammi Beach, county clerk, and Cherie Roberts, county assessor.

Heumader told the commission there are two iPads in the budget for the juvenile office, to help them get ready for the change to e-filing of cases in 2014 or 2015.

"The move to e-filing will prove to be very useful for the juvenile officers," he said.

"We will put one here and one in Cedar County. We want to get people accustomed to using them. In other circuits they have saved quite a bit of time," Heumader said.

As part of the preparation for e-filing he said there is a scanner in the circuit clerks office "so they can scan the records in and make them available online," he said.

"They are going to spend a lot of time scanning everything. But once it's done, it will save so much time and make it easier for the public to get access to information," Bickel said.

"Scanning the documents will cut the storage space," Heumader said.

There is also $7,500 in the circuit clerks budget to construct a more secure entry into the office. This amount does not include bullet proof glass.

Other items in the budget include: $18,500 for detention counseling foster care, $3,125 for equipment and furnishings, $4,500 for telephones, $2,350 for postage, $50,000 for juvenile court attorney fees, $12,000 for mileage and expenses and $2,000 for training.

Heumader told the commission that Vernon County pays all the expenses for the 28th Circuit Court and divides the cost and bills the individual counties for their share of the total cost.

"After today, I don't care about nothing," retiring southern commissioner Kennon Shaw said Friday, during his final commission meeting in response to Heumader description of how the court expenses are divided.

For 2013, the court is proposing a $104,149 budget, which is divided among the four counties in the circuit: Barton County: $23,308.55, Cedar County, $26,276.79, Dade County, $14,809.99 and Vernon County, $39,753.67.

The Vernon County portion of the $108,224 proposed 2012 court budget was $41,309.10. The projected budget for 2012 is estimated at $38,863.93, or $2,445.17 below the budgeted amount.

"I don't know how many years we have come in under budget," Bickel said.

"Everyone does a good job," Shaw said.

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