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Court talks money woes

By John Miller, 04/18/22 3:22 PM

PRESCOTT – With no business on the agenda, the Nevada County Court, at its April meeting, discussed finances for the most part.

Nevada County Judge Mark Glass said the county’s road and bridge department’s budget didn’t end good, but the county did get turnback money leaving the budget at 477,877.02.

The solid waste’s budget was $65,161.33, while county general had $136,737.99 in is coffers. However, the jail budget was anemic with $25,961.40.

Justice of the Peace Bob Cummings told the court the reason the commissary budget was in the red last month was because the jail placed a double order for supplies as there were reports e-cigarettes wouldn’t be available. This, though, didn’t prove to be the case.

Two weeks before the meeting there were 60 inmates in the jail. Cummings added the state is increasing what it pays for state inmates from $32 per day to $40 per day.

JP Pat Grimes asked if the jail had been approached about putting in a garden so vegetables could be raised for the inmates and help  cut down on food costs.

She was told this has not been done.

Cummings reminded the panel the county bought a tiller and other equipment a few years ago when the inmates had a garden.

Stacy Stone, county agent, said the 4-H clubs in the county are up and rolling again. April 19, he added, will be their first meeting.

Glass provided a brief update on the Nubbin Hill project, saying he hasn’t heard anything, but the job has been let and a pad has been built for the equipment.

JP Chris Fore reminded the court Laneburg will be holding its political rally on April 23 at 5 p.m. There will be hamburgers and drinks for sale, along with a bake sale.  Local and area politicians are also welcome to speak. This is to help the Laneburg Fire Department raise money for equipment.