Cooke County budget hearings begin Monday and follow the regular commissioners’ court meeting.
Monday’s court agenda
• Commissioners will hear a proposal to appoint an elected official to the local Texoma Area Paratransit System board.
• Commissioners will hear a presentation regarding the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 45, a compliance standard for postemployment benefits among retired public service workers.
• Commissioners will hear the payroll status of the county’s Emergency Medical Services department.
During the most recent commissioners’ court, officials approved a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014, and approved a schedule of 45 county departmental budget hearings that begin Monday, after the regular court, and end Wednesday afternoon.
During the hearings, representatives of the departments explain their budgetary needs for the coming fiscal year — having already prepared a proposed budget in accordance with the previous year, sometimes with slight increases in requests.
The hearing schedule follows:
1:30 p.m. — Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Jason Brinkley.
1:45 p.m. — Constable Pct. 4 Russ Harper.
2 p.m. — Angel Neu and Phyllis Griffin, Extension service.
2:15 p.m. — Information Technology Specialist Dana Sons.
2:30 p.m. — Abigail’s Arms Executive Director Kim Cook.
2:45 p.m. — Noah’s Ark representative Thomas “Larry” Claxton.
3 p.m. — John Morris, county-court-at-law judge.
3:30 p.m. — Ricky Kerr, maintenance department.
3:45 p.m. — Ron Melugin, Cooke County Historical Commission.
4 p.m. — Clifford Sicking, Muenster Public Library.
10 a.m. — Billie Jean Knight, tax assessor-collector.
10:15 a.m. — Jaylene Smith, Cooke County Heritage Society.
10:30 a.m. — Vicki Robertson, Court Appointed Special Advocates.
10:45 a.m. — Kevin Grant, Emergency Medical Services.
11:15 a.m. — Child Protective Services representatives.
11:30 a.m. — Vicki Barnes, commissioners secretary.
11:45 a.m. — Shannon Ing, compliance department.
1:30 p.m. — Rebecca Lawson, county clerk.
1:45 p.m. — Constable Pct. 1 Chris Watson.
2 p.m. — Susan Hughes, district clerk.
2:15 p.m. — Tony Maddox, Texoma Community Center.
2:30 p.m. — Laura Blanton, environmental health.
2:45 p.m. — Ray Sappington, Texas Highway Patrol.
3 p.m. — Elizabeth Huchton, human resources.
3:15 p.m. — Terry Gilbert, Cooke County sheriff.
10 a.m. — Shelly Atteberry, auditor.
10:15 a.m. — Toni Hellman, juvenile probation.
10:30 a.m. — Patty Brennan, treasurer.
10:45 a.m. — Greg Pittman, Tri-County Meals on Wheels.
11 a.m. — J.K. Brite, Upper Elm — Red Soil.
11:15 a.m. — Judson Perry, Veterans Service organization.
11:30 a.m. — Mathew Schirle, Children’s Advocacy Center.
1:30 p.m. — John Roane, county judge.
1:45 p.m. — Ray Fletcher, fire marshal.
2 p.m. — Gary Hollowell, Road and Bridge 1.
2:15 p.m. — B.C. Lemons, Road and Bridge 2.
2:30 p.m. — Ed Zielinski, county attorney.
2:45 p.m. — Alan Smith, Road and Bridge 3.
3 p.m. — Leon Klement, Road and Bridge 4.
3:15 p.m. — Susan Thomas, Texoma Council of Governments 911 — Rural Addressing.
3:30 p.m. — Jennifer Johnson-Spence, Cooke County library director.
4 p.m. — Janice Warder, district attorney.
4:15 p.m. — Dorthy Lewis, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.
4:30 p.m. — Janelle Haverkamp, 235th District Court.
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