Incumbent satisfied with county budget
Hendrix: 'We've been in pretty good shape for the past 3 years'
Publisher's note: This article was written prior to the decision Tuesday morning by challenger Matt Cupps, R-Shell Knob, to suspend his campaign to be part of an agriculture-related startup company. -- JB
Barry County Southern Commissioner Wayne Hendrix, D-Cassville, said considering where county funds were when he took office, he is satisfied with the current budget the county has set.
"When I first came in, we were in a recession," Hendrix said. "That was tough. Office holders would turn in their budgets for the year, and the commission would sit down and review it and would make cuts where we thought it was needed."
Since then, the economy has started to rebound, and Hendrix said funding various departments proved to be less difficult than in years past.
"We've been doing pretty good for three years now," he said. "The thing about Barry County is, we've always had a balanced budget."
While other departments and offices may have their wish lists, the largest portion of the county budget funds the sheriff's office.
"The sheriff and the jail take the majority of the budget to begin with," Hendrix said. "With other departments, there is always a need, and we try to fund those as we can. But, the commission is responsible for making decisions on what we think is needed. If the money is there, we try to fund whatever the officeholder has requited. If not, we have to try and make cuts where we can."
While it may not be a perfect system to determine where best to allocate county funds, Hendrix is satisfied with the procedure.
"It's been working for the Barry County Commission for several years," he said.
Voters will determine the next Barry County Southern Commissioner in the General Election on Nov. 8.