TOP PHOTO: Campbell County Mayor Jack Lynch (left) and Johnny Bruce, chairman of the Campbell County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Commission held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, approving the 2023- 24 budget, as well as insurance renewals, building and several grants.

Budget amendments and other funding resolutions were approved, as was the litigation tax resolution for general sessions court. This was voted on once before, but failed as it takes a super majority of 10, and it only had nine previously. It was approved unanimously Tuesday night with 13 votes. This will provide funding for compensation for the General Sessions Judge in Campbell County. 

A resolution fixing the tax levy for the county for the year beginning July 1, 2023, passed unanimously, as did a resolution approving the consolidated budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

“This approves our 2023 and 2024 budget with a zero percent tax increases,” Commissioner Rusty Orick said.

Campbell County Commissioners approve budget, insurance renewals, and other business at Tuesday’s meeting at the Campbell County Courthouse.

Commissioner Dewayne Gibson submitted several motions which were all unanimously approved. These included a  litter grant contract for the upcoming year, as well as a motion for an environmental assessment service and the sale of a surplus vehicle from the sheriff’s department.

Also approved was an interlocal agreement between the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Jellico Police Department for employees covering shifts in Jellico. 

Other business approved was for Property Assessor Brandon Partin’s office to enter into an agreement with a lawyer for representation in appeals court. The issue is regarding an appeal on a property value for Knox Energy. 

The funds will be paid out of his office’s legal services budget line.

Commissioner Sue Nance submitted a motion for a resolution of support to apply for the Multi-modal Access Grant for the Greenway from Cove Lake State Park to Jacksboro. The county would have to match five percent, which is $62,000 and would cover the first phase. The state will cover $1.2 million. Funds would come from the recreation budget. 

Commissioners also approved multiple motions by Orick in regards to insurance renewals. 

These included renewals of the medical insurance renewal, as well as the approval of Debbie Farmer and E.E.Hill as the established agents providing insurance to the county.

Also approved was the standard insurance renewal and the workman’s compensation insurance renewal at a decrease of approximately $43,000.

Election commission liability Insurance coverage and cyber insurance coverage were approved, as was the standard insurance renewal for the school fund, and the workman’s compensation renewal for the school fund, with a decrease of $6,000.

Campbell County Commissioners approve budget, insurance renewals, and other business at Tuesday’s meeting at the Campbell County Courthouse.

“I appreciate E.E. Hill and Debbie Farmer and the budget and finance committee,” Orick said.

A revision to the personell policy to reflect the addition of the Juneteenth holiday was approved. 

In regards to building and grounds, it was approved to authorize Tony Hill to make an emergency purchase of an air conditioner for the jail, as well as for Hill to bid out the concrete work for the Jellico annex. 

The commission voted to suspend the rules to add an item to the agenda and approved the Highway Department surplus list of equipment to be auctioned. 

The county commission recessed its meeting until 6 pm on Thu., June 29, to finalize end of year housekeeping before the new budget year starts.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/21/2023-6AM)