County to shift to 'status-quo' budget in response to pandemic

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Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson asked the county commission budget committee to plan for a "status-quo" budget for the 2020–2021 fiscal year, working with the same bottom line as the current budget.

The Williamson County Commission Budget Committee met electronically Thursday morning to discuss planning for a "status-quo" budget for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the commission does not typically meet in April, the budget committee held an impromptu meeting during which Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson asked the committee to change the guidelines proposed in January for the upcoming budget to reflect a "status-quo" budget.

"A status-quo budget simply means that the budget we had last year, with some amendments, would be the budget that we would be working all from," Anderson said. "There would be no pay raises. We would ask that every department understand that we're asking for no new personnel."

He said that, while money may be shifted around, county departments would be working with roughly the same numbers as this year, mentioning that in spite of this paring down of the budget, the new Legacy Middle School is still set to open on time.

Anderson added that these guidelines could change again in June as the county continues to monitor the economy and as the Tennessee General Assembly begins to meet again.

He said he does not wish to lay off or furlough any workers and is approaching this budget with optimism.

"A few of you have worked with me back in the '07, '08 and '09," he said. "Those were not pleasant times, but we got through it."

The resolution to shift to a status-quo budget passed.

The next budget committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. As of now, the county hopes to be able to conduct a physical meeting, but Anderson said they will make an official call closer to the date.

"Hopefully, by May, we'll be able to get back around and socialize in some format," he said. "We'll work that out when that time gets here."

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