Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 19, 2013

County Commissioners take first look at 2014 budget

Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — Cherokee County Commissioners met in special session Tuesday to eke out a very preliminary sketch of the 2014 budget.

"We basically just went over requests," said County Judge Chris Davis. "It's really too early to do much else."

Davis and County Commissioners reviewed preliminary requests from different departments.

"It's like going over a Christmas wish list," Davis said. "And I'm always proud of this because the list is always realistic."

Despite cutting the county budget over the past several years in order to afford things like paying off the jail, Davis is happy with the early budget process.

"The legislature didn't hit us too hard this year, but we don't know the cost of health insurance or some of the expenses associated with that yet. That's always a big one," he said.

The Commissioners Court will hold more budget workshops before the final draft is adopted later in the summer.

"Hopefully we'll get through this without too much argument," he said. "And we'll give people time to ask questions, get it all out there to the citizens."