A public hearing was held during the Cleveland County Commissioners meeting on Monday on the 2011-2012 fiscal year county budget of nearly $29 million.

The $28,901,434 budget approved last week is a little more than $3 million than the budget for last year.

Numbers for each department are:

· District attorney, $30,000

· County sheriff, $4,000,000

· County treasurer, $1,575,005

· County commissioners, $589,756.94

· OSU Extension, $376,000

· County clerk, $1,339,416.68

· County assessor, $1,060,824

· Visual inspection, $1,052,771.19

· Court clerk, $1,414,801.09

· District court, $226,037

· General government, $2,600,000

· Capital improvement fund, $5,654,432.87

· Courthouse security, $600,000

· Highway general, $1,650,639.23

· County audit, $800,000

· Free fair, $340,000

· Election board, $487,000

· Building maintenance, $650,000

· Youth & Family, $175,000

· Excise & Equalization board, $4,400

· Purchasing department, $142,350

· IT department, $308,000

· Cleveland County Justice Center, $4,000,000

In other business, Rod Cleveland and George Skinner voted against hiring a consultant to help with the 2011 redistricting.

“We’ve done this two years before with no one to help us and since we are stewards of the taxpayers’ money, we need to do it ourselves,” Skinner said after the meeting.

Rusty Sullivan disagreed and said he would like to bring in a professional.

“I like to err on the side of caution,” Sullivan said.

Employment contracts renewed during the meeting included an agreement between the Cleveland County Sheriff and M. Rock Richardson jail diversion and re-entry programs for $5,000 per month.

Chelsea Zamarripa, Mariah Danhoff, Megan Garrison, Britney Novotny and Jenny Rodriquez were rehired for breastfeeding support services to Women Infants and Children (WIC) clients.

Stephanie Darden, Lacey Mehmood, Miranda Strednak and Ester Louise also were rehired as teaching assistants for the Early Foundations Replication Project.

Joe B. Lawter will continue to provide legal services to the county treasurer at $125 per hour.

Commissioners also approved to give $2,400 to Oklahoma Wildlife Services to help with animal damage control.

The 911 emergency telephone fee rate will stay at 3 percent.

A contract was renewed to work on Southwest 164th between Pennsylvania and Western avenues for the amount of $400,000.

Commissioners accepted monthly reports of county officers David Tinsley, Tammy Howard, Rhonda Hall and Jim Williams.

Bids were awarded to Royal Printing for election ballot printing and The Norman Transcript will continue to publish commissioners proceedings and legal notices.

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