By Tony Adams, Associate Editor
The final budget amendments were approved by the Bell County Commissioners Court in their weekly hearing on Monday morning.
The county revenues reported in at a total of $80,509.19, $1,528,147 more than original budgeted amount, a positive difference of 1.9 percent. Of the revenues reported, leased inmate housing reported the largest percent at the budgeted amount of $300,000 and actual amount of $436,260, or 45.4 percent. The largest amount of revenue was generated by sales tax. The amount budgeted was $16,145,102 and the actual amount totaled out at $17,147,499, a difference of $1,002,397 or 6.2 percent.
The county expenditures were originally budgeted at $82,981,672. The actual expenditures totaled out at $78,554,274, a positive difference of $4,427,398, or 5.3 percent. The largest expenditure was general administration, budgeted for $26,183,304 and actual amount was $24,018,987, a difference of $2,164,317 or 8.3 percent. All other reported line items were reported and recorded under budget.
The court recognized Bell County 426th District Judge Fancy Jezek and Pretrial Services Director Linda Ingraham for their developmental work with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission in the National Legal Aid and Defender Association publication “Indigent Defense: A Guide to Establishing a Mentorship Program” which was released this month. Bell County was one of five counties mentioned for having this model in place, along with Comal, Harris, Lubbock and Travis Counties.
Lubbock County was also featured in another order of business by the court, as an Interlocal Agreement was approved between Bell and Lubbock Counties acting through the Regional Public Defender for the providing of court-appointed counsel in capital murder, death eligible cases, with the allocation of the Interlocal Allocation in Fiscal Year 2016. The agreement is pursuant to the Fair Defense Act, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 26.044 (b) and Texas Government Code Chapter 791.