Commissioners OK funds to volunteer fire departments

Sonny Long

Dec. 19, 2011 at 6:19 a.m.

Victoria County volunteer fire departments' holiday season got a little brighter Monday.

The county commissioners court approved paying the 10 departments the remainder of the money in the 2010-11 budget earmarked to assist them.

"This is not something that we normally do. We've been asked to do it this year. That doesn't mean it will, doesn't mean it won't, be done at any time in the future," said County Judge Don Pozzi. "Basically, it's not standard procedure, but there's nothing wrong with it."

Pozzi added that dispersing the $10,208 is a means of helping to reimburse the volunteer fire departments for the fuel they have expended during a busy fire season.

The original budget began with $40,000.

Commissioner Gary Burns, who brought the proposal to the court last week, made the motion to approve the payments, which was approved unanimously.

Also Monday, commissioners approved a Fund Balance Policy for the county.

Steve Van Manen, of Harrison Waldrop and Uherek, the county's independent accounting firm, told the court that new accounting standards now require a fund balance policy to be adopted.

"There are some changes in terminology, but it's just a formality," he said.

According to the policy, the county "generally aims to maintain" minimum balances of 18 to 25 percent in the general fund, and 10 to 25 percent in the debt service fund.

In other action, the court: awarded the bid for the annual supply of aviation fuel to Ascent Aviation Group, approved two amendments to the HIV services program management agreements with Bexar County, approved an order setting Victoria County employee salaries for 2012 and approved the contract and memorandum of understanding to administer a $150,000 grant for the Community Mother and Child Health Center.

Commissioners also received an order from the district court appointing Judy McAdams as county auditor. McAdams has been Victoria County auditor for 16 years.



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