Supervisors Face Budget Decisions

Money matters topped the agenda at the Lauderdale County supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Supervisor Ray Boswell raised concerns about proposals on how to spend next year's budget.

"They've got trips this year in the budget to Hawaii. Now, what business do any of these supervisors have in Hawaii? I can understand these board members going to Hawaii if they want to and they spend their own money, but to take some of my money and make the trip to Hawaii, I don't think they need to do that," Boswell said.

Meanwhile, Board President Joe Norwood said the conference in Hawaii is for the National Association of Counties. Each year he says the conference is held in a different state.

"This board along with other boards across the county has expressed interest in NACO. That's the National Association of Counties, that they were concerned about the expense of going to Hawaii. So, there has been some consideration made there, but this trip to Hawaii is no different than any other trip that the National Association makes," said Norwood.

The county's proposed budget for next year is for about $41 million.

A public hearing on the upcoming budget will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Supervisors Board Room at the Raymond P. Davis Annex Building.