CHARLESTON - The required public hearing for Mississippi County's 2003 operating budget was held as scheduled during the regular county commission meeting Thursday.
The annual budget message from Junior DeLay, budget officer and county clerk, was not heard, however, as DeLay was unable to attend due to a family emergency.
Commissioners reviewed the proposed budget with projected revenues for 2003 totaling $6,034,863 and projected expenditures of $6,271,441.
As the commission will not meet Feb. 6, the budget is slated for approval during the Feb. 13 meeting.
In other Mississippi County business, the bid for a Hewlett-Packard 42-inch plotter printer for the assessor's office was awarded to Bill McNeary of Charleston who offered the plotter with a three-year parts and labor warranty for $13,028.
Also bidding were Paducah Blueprint, which offered the same package for $12,794, and Integrated Computer Solutions of East Prairie, which did not list a bid with a three-year warranty but had the highest base price listed for the plotter among the bids.
The plotter will be used by the assessor's office to print maps.
Commissioner Martin Lucas predicted the plotter will receive heavy use during its first year.