Monday, May 17, 2010

Putnam Commission OKs Spending Freeze

With little discussion Monday night, the Putnam County commission gave approval to a freeze on all expenditures in the county general fund, except those deemed necessary for daily operations. The vote was 23 to 1, with Commissioner Bill Walker voting against the proposal which had been requested by County Executive Kim Blaylock. Blaylock says any major purchases that county departments have done without for the first ten months of the fiscal year can probably be put off another six weeks. Despite the spending freeze, the commission also agreed to go forward with the purchase of more than $440,000 worth of software for the Juvenile Court and Circuit Court Clerk's office. Officials say they will pay for part of that purchase with the monies left over from a bond issue that is paying for the construction of a new clerk's office, emergency services building and health department building. The rest of the funding is expected to come from the county's capital projects fund. Meanwhile, the commission went into recess until 6 pm on Thursday, May 27, at which time they are expected to appoint an interim road supervisor. County attorney Jeff Jones says the appointment needs to be made by the beginning of June.