With no dissent, the Jefferson County Quorum Court on Monday approved transferring funds from the Public Safety Sales Tax to the Juvenile Detention Center.
With Justice of the Peace Morris Caldwell absent, the county’s legislative body approved the request from Sheriff Gerald Robinson for $230,028.89 in sales tax funds. According to a breakdown of the proposed expenditures, almost $56,000 will be used for salaries and an additional $12,000 for fringe benefits for employees.
An additional $50,000 will be spent for food, $17,500 for insurance and $18,920 for janitorial supplies. Also approved was a $92,154.53 appropriation for Jefferson County recycling activities, with the funds coming from a grant from the Southeast Arkansas Solid Waste District. A large part of the requested appropriation, $39,054.53, will be spent for parts and supplies, and an additional $15,000 for small equipment. The recycling department will spend $9,000 for fuel, $8,000 for general supplies and $7,000 for tires.
Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr., who is the administrative judge for the Eleventh Judicial District-West Judicial District, had two requests for funding approved by the court.
The first of those, $8,231.92, will be used for Circuit Court automation, with $4,271.92 being spent for WestLaw access, $3,060 for the Microsoft license, $400 for .gov email and $500 for miscellaneous expenses.
The second request was for $14,711.69 for the Jefferson County Law Library. A memorandum from Wyatt to County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV and Finance Committee Chairman Dr. Herman Ginger said that $9,140.76 will be used for WestLaw access, $5,336.43 to West Publishing, and the remaining $120.03 for internet access.