The Fayette County Board was presented with their yearly audit at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mark Vaughn of Franklin & Vaughn briefly presented board members with some key notes about this year’s audit. As with many municipalities and counties, state revenue was down in the last year, but to go along with that, the county’s expenses did not change much, being slightly lower in last year compared to the previous year. Those factors left the county with an ending balance of about $164,000 as compared to $533,000 the year before that.
In other business at the meeting, the board heard their first report from Bruce DeLashmit of Bellwether Advantage, the company hired by the county for their consulting services. On the financial side, DeLashmit informed the board that they are working on a budget plan that they will get to the various department heads in the near future. DeLashmit also informed the board that after viewing the county’s by-laws, he will be working with Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis on new updated by-laws to expand the current by-laws.
Also at the meeting, the board approved an increase in fees for the sheriff’s office. The increase comes as a result of a study done on the office by DeLashmit and Bellwether. The board also approved a liquor license for Rob Osborne and Osborne Camping Supplies at Vandalia Lake and approved new contracts for the Peopleware software used in the Circuit Clerk’s office and CallOne for the county.