"We'll play it month-to-month," Wilder said, and then added that he thinks magistrates need to make some decisions soon.
He has suggested a payroll tax increase.
Magistrates Phil Sammons and John Hudson have said they oppose the increase without cuts. McQuerry has said he isn't sure that the increase is necessary.
McQuerry has some suggestions
McQuerry is still reviewing county finances, but told magistrates he already has some suggestions. He asked that the Emergency Medical Services find more ways to make money. The EMS staff said they could charge other counties to train their staffs, and could let the Boyle staff earn overtime to make more ambulance runs to Lexington. Now, some Lexington runs, which are more profitable, are given to other counties because the county asked EMS to limit its overtime.
McQuerry said that the jail shouldn't accept any more Class D inmates until the county figures out how much they cost. There has never been an in-depth analysis about whether accepting the inmates is profitable.
He also pointed out that between 2002 and 2004, county payroll grew by $722,000, about the same amount of the county's expected shortfall.
Wilder explained that the magistrates agreed to give jail employees a raise of 50-cents-an-hour. Then they raised the salaries of the EMS staff because Boyle was paying its staff less than surrounding counties and was losing emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
At the end of the meeting, Wilder suggested that McQuerry make the motion to pay the bills and adjourn because former Magistrate Martin G. Curtis always did it.
McQuerry laughed and declined, saying that he didn't like to spend money.
Magistrate Donnie Coffman made the motion instead.