by: Summer Kelley
The Dade County Commission met Thursday night for their regular monthly commission meeting. The agenda was light making for an unusually short work session and meeting, in part due to COVID-19 precautions.
The FY 2021 budget process is still under way and the county was looking at a nearly 26% increase for employee health insurance. County Executive Ted Rumley said the county has worked with the insurance provider and has managed to get the insurance down to only a three or four percent increase. The county's financials show the county under budget in revenue by $9,481 in the month of March with year-to-date totals showing the county under budget in revenue by $358,345. The county was over budget in expenses by $46,738 for the month of March with the year-to-date totals an excess in expenses of $82,644. The county currently has, with some in Certificates of Deposit, a total of $3,090,277 in the general fund. Meetings with department heads continue as the county works to set a budget for fiscal year 2021.
Dade County is still waiting to see if the disaster declaration for Tennessee that also added contiguous counties in Georgia, including Dade, will provide additional federal funding for individuals affected by the storms, specifically those without insurance. GDOT provided a lot of assistance with hauling brush and continues to work in the county now focusing on state right of ways. Rumley thanked Georgia Forestry as well for the chainsaw strike team sent to assist the county.
EMA/E911 Director Alex Case said 54 people were tested during today's active COVID-19 Testing held by the Department of Public Health at the four fields. It will be seven to ten days before the results of that testing are known. One more active COVID-19 testing will be held next Thursday, May 14.
Commissioners approved Proclamations declaring May as Foster Care Month, May 16 as Armed Forces Day, and thanking Georgia Department of Transportation for their assistance during storm cleanup after the Easter Sunday storms and tornado. The commission also approved a resolution for a GDOT grant for public transportation, an annual resolution which helps provide the vans used by Dade public transportation.
You can view the entire Dade County Commission meeting and work session below.