CHARLESTON - "There's going to be some whittling on the budget," predicted Mississippi County Clerk Junior DeLay.
Discussing the budget and reviewing budget requests occupied most of county commissioners' time during their regular meeting Thursday.
DeLay said he has received the last of the budget requests and none of them requested an increase over last year except for in the assessor's office where the ongoing mapping project will inflate the budget a bit. Another $98,000 will also need to be budgeted for the mapping project from general revenue as well, he added.
In reviewing projected revenues and requested expenditures, DeLay noted however than the expenditures side is missing a as-yet unknown increase in health care costs.
DeLay said there will be a lot of scrutinizing of office budgets between now and the approval of a budget.
In other business:
* The county collector's bond of $750,000 was approved as required for Collector Faye Elliot's new term beginning March 1.
* Annual service agreements for the Retired Senior Volunteers program, the East Prairie Nutritional Center, the Mississippi County Transit System and the SEMO Drug Task Force were approved.
The service agreement for the task force will be just to finish out existing grants. New programs for the task force will come under its new sponsor, DeLay said.
* Commissioner Homer Oliver was appointed as the county's representative to execute documents for farm programs though the U.S.D.A.'s farm service agency for the county-owned farmland.