Fisher County adopts 2019 budget and gets scolded by judge

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By Jeff Hurt

The Fisher County Commissioners officially voted to adopt the $2.4 million budget for FY 2019 and the effective rate of .815649 in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Gordon Pippin voting against. The court also voted to approve the $52,000 drug forfeiture budget for the Sheriff's Department, but things heated up when Justice of the Peace Angie Pippin made a request to set up a rotation for on-call hours.

JP Pippen's issue is that where there once was a time when the county had two JP offices, with the closure of one office, it leaves her office as the sole provider of services for the county. As the county has up to 24 hours to magistrate a misdemeanor crime, and 48 hours to magistrate a felony offense, along with the Justice of the Peace being the primary investigator of deaths in the county, Pippin is on-call on a 24/7 basis.

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