Addendum to the June 27, 2016 Sevier County Commission agenda
1. Consideration of a resolution amending the Highway Department Fund 131 budget to more accurately reflect revenues and expenditures
2. Consideration of a resolution amending the Debt Service Fund 151 budget to more accurately reflect revenues and expenditures
The Sevier County Courthouse, government offices, convenience centers and Sheriff’s Department administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. They will reopen at their normal times on Tuesday, July 5.
Due to computer upgrades, the General Sessions Court Clerk’s office will have limited access to court records in both civil and criminal divisions on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1.
The court will be unable to receipt money and no public access computers will be available.
The Sevier County Commission meeting has been moved to Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m. The Sevier County Transportation Committee has been moved to Monday, June 27 at 5 p.m. The Steering Committee meeting for Monday, June 13 has been canceled. The Sevier County Budget Committee will meet on Thursday, June 16 and Monday, June 27, both at 4 p.m. in courtroom 100e The Sevier County Beer Board will meet in a special called meeting Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.
Joint Statement on the Humane Society funding issue
Sevier County Government, along with the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, released the following statement: Over the course of the last several months, Sevier County Government along with the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have been working diligently to address the additional funding requests by the Sevier County Humane Society. The county and city governments operate budget-wise on a fiscal year basis beginning July 1 as opposed to the Humane Society which operates on a calendar year basis. For this current fiscal year 2015-2016, the total contributions for the operation of the shelter by all governments were $190,000. In addition, the county and each city have together committed to a five year plan to provide $750,000 in capital funds for a new shelter.
In addition to a request for an additional $45,000 to bridge an operating funding gap until July 1, 2016 when the new fiscal year begins for each government, the Sevier County Humane Society is requesting $391,000 in operating funds from the governments for fiscal year 2016-2017. This represents an increase of $201,000 or over double the current amount of operating funds. This request for a significant increase in funding comes as the animal shelter intake of animals has decreased from a high of 5,000 in 2009 to less than 3,000 in 2014. As would be the case with any department, office or organization requesting such a drastic increase, each government is committed to thoroughly reviewing the request to understand why such a large increase of funding is needed with total animal intake decreasing. This normally is a part of each government’s budget process which is currently in progress. Read Full Release >>