County approves interim budget

May 23, 2013 • Local News

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s interim budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year Thursday during a special business meeting.

Last week, the board reviewed the interim budget at a workshop during its regular business meeting. One issue discussed then was the possibility of lowering the amount given to the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation from $175,000 to $75,000.

The organization is seeking applicants for an executive director [auth] since Bob Donnell’s retirement in February. Commission Chairman Greg Nibert said the organization asked to receive the larger amount, as it is concerned that a reduction would make attracting applicants difficult.

Commissioner James Duffey said, for the time being, he saw no reason to allot a larger amount, noting that the organization has more than half its money in reserve.

The board decided to keep the organization at $75,000; however, Duffey said when an executive director is found, the amount could be adjusted.

Nibert said it’s not unusual for the board to make such modifications throughout the year to meet needs that arise.

Though a difficult process at times, he said the budget is in good shape. The board will continue its efforts to be proactive, Nibert said, and prepare for upcoming changes.

“We’re trying to keep the big picture in mind,” he said.

He thanked Riggs, county Financial Director Joe Sedillo and others for their efforts with the budget, which awaits approval from the state. The board will vote on the county’s final budget in July.

In other business, the board postponed a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the Chaves County Personnel Policy, to allow commissioners more time to review the changes.

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