Lauderdale County Supervisors Meet

Rising fuel costs are a concern for government entities as well as individuals.

The issue came up at Lauderdale County's board of supervisors meeting.

District 2 supervisor, Wayman Newell, said the county might not get through the budget year if it doesn't tighten up on usage of gas.

He recommended that road crews go to 4-day weeks, and stagger them, so there would always be crews working and able to respond to emergencies.

"We've got to find a way. The way that we've been doing things, we're going to be out of money," said Newell. "And when you're out of money, there isn't but one place to get money and that's the taxpayers. And I campaigned on not raising taxes, keeping taxes as low as possible, and I'm certainly trying to do that now. Thinking ahead is one way to do that."

Nothing was passed Monday. Newell just asked other board members, as well as the road crew leaders, to bring their ideas on cost-cutting to the table.

In other business, Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie reported to the board of supervisors about the status of juvenile offenders, now being housed in Rankin County.

The juveniles were moved last week, with the finalization of an agreement with Rankin County.

The sheriff said there is still litigation between Lauderdale County and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had objected to the conditions under which juveniles were detained.

"Having personally carried the first load of detainees over to the center and watching how the correctional staff there at the center conducted business, I truly believe that the youth that are being housed there for Lauderdale County are in good care and in good hands," said Sollie.

Sollie said he has also had a security system installed to protect the property and the records that are maintained there.


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