|Police Jury gets clean audit; $7.4 million in assets|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury ended the 2007 fiscal year with assets exceeding liabilities by $7,429,745, CPA Myles Hopkins of Silas Simmons told jurors Monday night.
"It's positive," Hopkins said of the Jury's annual financial report for 2007. His comments came during the Jury's regular meeting.
"There are no surprises and nothing negative," said Hopkins. In fact, he said, the Jury should be "proud" of the report and said the Jury's staff does "a good job."
Jury President Melvin Ferrington thanked fellow jurors and Jury employees for the positive report.
"We pleased with it," he said.
Hopkins said while assets exceeded liabilities by $7,429,745 in 2007, net capital assets totaled $10,631,327. The Jury payroll totaled $893,567, down from $915,542 in 2006.
Revenue for the year, according to the report, totaled $145,918 for services; $161,881, grants; $680,187, severance taxes; $14,213, revenue sharing; $179,534, licenses; $1,312,655, property taxes; $2,413,776, sales taxes; and $640,345, other.
Expenses totaled $1,471,707 for general government; $313,310, public safety; $2,307,716, public works; $145,080, health; $79,359, culture; $172,318, economic development; $34,179, transportation; and $304,762, interest.
Additions in capital assets totaled $4,636,751 for the year in the general fund, including $4,440,446, road improvements; $44,256, 2007 Dodge Ram (2); $57,800, Folding Gooseneck Lowboy; $50,814, BOMAG Roller; and $43,435, other items.
In financial matters, the Jury voted to pave an additional two miles of roads with the $613,000 remaining in the Phase 2 hardsurfacing budget. Ferrington said USDA approved the work, which will include one mile of hardsurfacing on the Bob Rife Road and one mile on the Moose Lodge Road.
Carl Sayers of the Airport Authority Board said $5,400 has been spent to replace the main entrance doors and windows at the airport terminal. The authority was provided a budget of $15,000 by the Police Jury for improvements.
Sayers also reported that vandals "shot out some runway lots" with a shotgun on Friday night. He said tire marks were found at the end of the runway.
The Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating, he said.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Accepted the resignation of Carl Dangerfield from the Concordia Parish Economic & Industrial Development District Board.
-- Approved a request from the sheriff's office for changes required by the Department of Corrections to the parish jail in the courthouse.
-- Denied a request from Buddy Spillers of Macon Ridge to administer the Section 8 Housing Program.
-- Voted to pay $3,780 to Davenport, Files & Kelly for legal services rendered in the Jury's lawsuit against Blain Companies over the Phase 1 hardsurfacing program.
-- Approved occupational licenses for Casey Brent Crews, Chillers HVAC, 155 Brent Lane Rd., Ferriday; Lavonne S. Lee, L&B Southern Cooking, 913 E.E. Wallace Blvd., Ferriday; and Grover Yelverton, MissLou Pecan LLC, 4910 Hwy. 84 E., Vidalia.
-- Approved payments to L-64 Inc. for Vidalia Canal work, including Bermuda Release, second application, $9,000; Bermuda Release, additional two miles into the City of Vidalia, $2,500; and Bermuda Release, ditch behind Floor Station, second application, $100.
-- Approved transfers including $2,000 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund; $5,000 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund; $48,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund; $7,500 from the Sales Tax Fund to the General Fund; $2,875 from the Solid Waste Fund to the General Fund; $10,000 from the General Fund to the Criminal Court Fund; and $50,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Drainage Maintenance Fund.
Jury President Melvin Ferrington said "we are way over budget on the Criminal Court Fund." Ferrington said he and the Finance Committee would try to meet on the matter in January.