COLUMBUS — The Cherokee County Commission spent the day pouring over budgets Monday.
Department heads arrived through the morning to put in their annual budget requests and answer questions from the commissioners.
Most of the department heads had budget requests about the same or a little less than this year.
Treasurer Juanita Hodgson is requesting $135,653, $43 less than this year's budget.
Likewise Barbra Bilkie in the register of deeds office is asking for $98,718.64. Her 2012 budget was $108,557.
A few of the department heads asked for somewhat larger budgets than 2012, including Deana Randle, human resources head. Randle asked for a slight increase over her 2012 budget to include a salary increase. Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Jason Allison also asked for an increase to his budget.
He asked for $86,880, of which just over $20,000 would be for the replacement of a vehicle. He told commissioners that if they chose not to replace a vehicle this year, then his budget request would be $66,433.
Commissioners were also told that the treasurer's office would be reimbursed by the State of Kansas for any overtime spent on the troubled vehicle tag system instituted earlier this year.