Beaufort News

County Council hears budget requests from elected officials

County Council heard budget proposals Wednesday for the offices of eight elected officials.

Several, including the Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Probate judge, Magistrate judge and Master-in-Equity, either requested no funding increase or bumps to mandatory benefit or compensation spending.

  • Treasurer-elect Doug Henderson said he is working to create a budget but might need to revise the figures as his transition to replace outgoing Treasurer Joy Logan moves forward. "Without being there and seeing what's behind the numbers, there's no way I can present a budget to you that makes any sense at all right now," he said.
  • Auditor Sharon Burris said she is not requesting increased operations funds, but she has spoken to county staff about bringing a financial officer or CPA on board. Deputy county administrator Bryan Hill said the office received about $530,000 last year, and any increase would depend on whether the new hire augmented or replaced current staff.
  • Coroner Ed Allen, who currently operates his office from a trailer, proposed moving into a building being vacated by the county's department of Disabilities and Special Needs. He also wants to replace two automobiles. Together, that would increase his budget by roughly $150,000.
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