Foster Arnett wants to move. Well, kind of.
In today’s KNS, we had a story on the county’s surplus. It’s a fairly typical thing – for good financial managers – to have a little coin left over at the end of the year. Chris Caldwell, the
county’s finance director, is one of these types who budgets conservatively under the direction of Mayor Tim Burchett.
When the books close on the year, then it’s time to see what’s left over. Here’s the full sheet: Summary of surplus spending.
Coming back to County Clerk Foster Arnett, he’s looking at a potential move with Halls and Farragut options involved. If so, then there’s $175,000 there to be spent on the move.
“The clerk is possibly looking to relocate two satellite offices,” Caldwell said. “This doesn’t mean that they’re going to relocate. They’re exploring the options. I’ve put money aside to use in case they do relocate one or both offices.”
This money set aside is like the $500,000 in hold for potential salary adjustments as the county moves its employees to a new pay grade system. Caldwell said that money would help bring county employees to a correct level after a salary survey. It may not all be used, but the money is there in case it’s needed.
And while we’re talking greatest hits, here’s something to listen to while you peruse the spreadsheet: