No Purchases for Lauderdale County Departments

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Budget issues, cost cutting, smart spending; however you want to call it, budgets continue causing new situations. Most Lauderdale County departments are not purchasing anything at the time to help with money plans.

"The general fund and the road fund, and as well as garbage, solid waste fund had budget issues right now, cash flow problems, and we stopped purchase orders this week. In other words we didn't go out and purchase anything for a couple days this week," explains Mike Sumrall, the Lauderdale County Administrator.

This spending freeze has not affected all departments.

"Not all of them; some of the funds had money to continue doing like the paving fund we could continue to go ahead and do paving projects," says Sumrall. "This is not an issue. That's just a cash flow problem. Those funds will have the money in them in the next month or two."

Tax collections for Lauderdale County fell roughly $400,000 between fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Stanley Shannon, the Tax Collector for the county, says this is because the county lowered its millage rate.

"The county lowered the millage two mills."

That's where the $400,000 shortfall comes in.

"A year ago at this time, we had collected $19,422,003. This is for the county, not the schools, not the city, just the county. O.K. and at the same time now, this year we've collected $19,037,298 which is approximately $400,000 less than what we collected a year ago," said Shannon.

Sumrall says purchasing should be back to normal by this coming Monday. He says the county still has to be extremely careful with all department budgets.

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  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 9, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    To GUY SOUTH OF I-20: What an inane comment you just made regarding John Robert Smith. Yes, he was to blame not only for the situation the city of Meridian finds itself in, but also for the situation that Lauderdale County finds itself in. Question here, GUY---is Meridian not within Lauderdale County? The Board of Supervisors and the City Council, and I use those terms loosely, try to convince you that they are separate entities, but they are all in the same cesspool together, and Meridian AND Lauderdale County are going right down the tubes. No wonder that no forward thinking industry wants to locate here---all they need to do is to watch the B of S and the C. Council in action. I am embarrassed to say that I live in this area, but at my age, it would be financially devastating to move anywhere else. In other words, I can't afford to do it----for those of you who don't understand the English language plainly spoken, or, in my case, written.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    Ok the county is stopping all spending in most departments... here is an idea: lets not have the board of supervisors meet for the rest of the year, and not pay THEM and see if we can save some more money.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    Some days it is brutal to read some of these posts.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    oh boy stop defending a screw up and JRS was 10 miles of taxes went to the city and county lost .. he used that to cover his butt to be reelected then got a job with more money now city sees all was about him... but this hurt the county.. city takes the taxes and for a while county is left with the bill.. go figure
  • by Guy North of I-20 on Mar 7, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    Why don't we include in our news story some requests for numbers? If we are just $400,000 short, we should not be in such a dire situation as not being able to make any purchases. We will be fine Monday? A county administrator I talked to says that the next payday may not be met if something drastic does not happen. I think Mr. County Administrator has learned to keep his mouth shut, unless anyone out there knows of another job with state retirement he can get.
  • by AC Location: Collinsville on Mar 6, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    True the county lowered the millage rates but at the same time re-appraised property values which in effect raised everyone's taxes. Most went up over 30% in value. So the lower millage probably had little to do with it.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Mar 6, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Laura, JRS was the mayor of MERIDIAN. This story is about the county and the county only. In other words, John Robert's actions have nothing to do with this. Essentials should continue to be bought but I think the county has the right idea on tightening their belts. Thank you for leading by example.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    John Robert Smith was the mayor of the city and had no authority over the administration of county government - past or present.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 5, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    It would appear that the chickens are coming home to roost. I am not blaming the current administration, but I definitely blame the past administration under John Robert Smith. He was the poorest excuse for a mayor, and ran us all in Lauderdale County and the City of Meridian into the ground. How pathetic he was needs to be realized.
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