County attorney’s office frugal with budget
The following report was delivered to the Jessamine County Fiscal Court at its Aug. 2 meeting. It is a summary of the 2010-2011 county fiscal year for the Jessamine County Attorney’s office. The fiscal court initially budgeted a net cost of $89,022 to the taxpayers of Jessamine County, for the county attorney’s office. That net cost included salaries and operating expenses minus revenue. For the eighth straight year, the county attorney operating expense budget remained the same, and for the eighth straight year, the county attorney’s office spent less than that budgeted amount.
But, through the hard work and dedication of the county attorney staff, the Jessamine County Attorney’s office was able to generate a net surplus of $57,523.79. The revenue allowed us to completely offset all operating costs included fees for collection of delinquent taxes, fees for collecting cold checks for area merchants and a traffic-diversion program. In other words, the citizens of Jessamine County had four full-time attorneys and eight support staff working 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., five days a week at no cost, and instead received an extra $57,523.79 to offset other county operating expenses.
This also marks the end of the fourth year that the county attorney’s office has been operating out of the Neal Cassity building on Main Street. The Cassity building is a modern, two story, 12,000-square-foot office complex that the county built in 2007. Rent revenue for the Cassity building from the county attorney’s state child-support program and AOC offices covers the bond proceeds that were used to rebuild this area of Main Street that was destroyed by fire. In 17 years or so, Jessamine County will have the bond paid off, and it will not have cost the taxpayers any county tax dollars to own this beautiful addition to the streetscape of downtown Nicholasville.
I want to thank the residents of Jessamine County for giving me the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to the next fiscal year.
Brian T. Goettl,
Jessamine County Attorney