STANFORD - The Lincoln County emergency dispatch center has yet to see an approved budget, despite the fiscal year's end on June 30.
The delay is to give Fiscal Court magistrates time to examine the proposed budget before approving it, said county treasurer Teresa Padgett.
According to Lincoln 911 director Jeff Crowe, the lack of a budget has not negatively affected the center so far.
"Not yet, I mean, it could depend on how long it lasts," said Crowe of the missing budget.
Crowe said the proposed budget differs little from last year's in general operating costs, but reflects a 20 percent jump in health insurance costs.
The estimated cost of Anthem Blue Cross insurance is $29,726 for the upcoming fiscal year. Employee health insurance is currently covered in full by the 911 center, but family members' costs are the employee's responsibility.