Budget time for county commission
By Annette Tait
With the annual budget deadline fast approaching, the majority of the September Oliver County Commission meeting was spent reviewing department budgets with the respective department heads. With a few exceptions, budgets remained in line with 2017.
One of those exceptions was the E911 budget, which increased by about $12,000 to cover salary/benefits costs for emergency dispatchers and equipment costs. Emergency dispatching for Oliver County is under an agreement with Mercer County; the increase in equipment costs is due to additional matching funds needed for grant monies.