LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners endorsed five 2015 budget transfer requests when they met Oct. 7 at the Belknap County Complex and are anticipating several more requests in the coming weeks.
The new transfer requests bring the total to 27 so far this year and must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Belkap County Commission before they can be made official.
Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) said that he is concerned that the requests are being made after the budget line for the accounts have been over expended, pointing out that it is a violation of state law to expend more than has been appropriated for a budget line as well as a violation of a court order issued last year by the Belknap County Superior Court, which prohibits transfers of more than $300 between budget line items without approval of the Executive Committee.
''It is imperative that we catch these before they go over,'' said Taylor, who repeated his concerns later in the meeting when County Administrator Debra Shackett pointed out that there were several budget lines already over expended for which no transfer requests have yet been made, several of which were at the nursing home.
Commissioners asked that Nursing Home Administrator Mathew Logue be brought back to the meeting to explain the apparent need for further transfers which had not been requested. Earlier in the meeting Logue had explained the need for two transfers, one of $800 for vehicle maintenance and repair and another for $2,000 for medical service supplies.
It was pointed out that no transfer requests had been made for several accounts which an up to date budget report had shown were exceeding the budget line item.
When Logue said that he had used an August 31 budget report as the basis for his earlier requests, Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy asked ''why would you be working off an August report in October?''
He asked Logue if he reviewed the real time budget which is available every single day on the county's network and available to all department heads and Logue said that he did.
''I would suggest that you pay attention to this,'' Taylor told Logue after the exchange.
Other budget transfer requests are expected from the Sheriff's Department for wages for part-time deputies and the House of Corrections for travel.
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