Monroe Co. mulling budgets

T-L Photo/MIRANDA SEBROSKI Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick attends a meeting to have commissioners sign a contract with the United States Department of Agriculture for a loan and grant agreement to go toward purchasing new equipment for the department.

WOODSFIELD– Monroe County’s Budgetary Supervisor said that she is no longer willing to enter the county’s budgets into the system any longer.

Traci Alleman, budgetary supervisor, attended a regularly scheduled Monday commissioners meeting to say that entering the county’s budget is the county administrator’s job and not her responsibility, according to her understanding of the Ohio Revised Code.

The county has not had a county administrator in quite some time and the budget information ended up going to where Alleman works at the auditor’s office.

Alleman said the auditor’s office has been trying to get away from doing other department’s jobs.

“Entering the budgets isn’t hard. I do know that it is the county administrator’s job, but it is not mine,” Alleman said.

“It has been very time consuming and with all of the other responsibilities I have, I do not have time to do it all.

If I don’t stick up for myself, I will get taken advantage of.”

Clerk Sheila Turner said that according to her research, having someone in the auditor’s office enter the budget is not uncommon. Places such as Wyandot County and Defiance County are a few that have the auditor’s office enter the budgets as well, according to Turner. Commissioners said that they were unable to locate the code that Alleman referred to and said they would consult with Prosecuting Attorney James Peters to see who the responsibility would go to.

Dennis Schwallie, with Dinsmore & Shohl, also attended the meeting with Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick to have the Monroe County Commissioners sign a United States Department of Agriculture loan and grant agreement. The loan will be used to purchase equipment for the engineer’s department, including three pick-up trucks with plows, a John Deere 710, a backhoe loader, a new compactor and a ditching head. The loan will be paid back by the engineer’s department is for $117,000 and will be matched by a $141,000 grant from the USDA.