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County in a 'pinch,' spending account on hold

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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The Mississippi County Quorum Court’s Finance Committee issued a directive to all county officials to freeze expenditures from the general funding account.

Justice Bill Nelson, a member of the finance committee, made the motion at Tuesday night’s meeting.  According to County Judge Randy Carney, Justice Barry Ball seconded the motion.

Carney told Region 8 News they are building a new cell out at the landfill that costs a little more than $1 million.

He explained that the county also invested in repairs at the jail, which Carney said they spent quite a bit of money on that project that was not in the budget.

Because of this, Carney said they are in a pinch.

“We aren’t greatly concerned,” Carney said. “We’ve been in a pinch before and we’ve got ourselves out of it. We are doing this as a safety precaution. We want to stay in the black and not get in the red.”

As of July 31, the account’s balance was roughly more than $500,000. In one month, county officials saw a decrease of funding by a quarter million dollars.

“Right now we are just tightening our belts,” Carney said. “It’ll probably be lifted by the end of the year.”

Carney confirmed that the freeze does not affect personal services. 

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