The Pitt County Department of Social Services requested millions from commissioners on Friday for the new fiscal year budget.
Director Jan Elliot asked the board for over $9 million to add to the over $351 million dollar total budget. This would include non-county revenue sources.
While commissioners expressed amazement at the multi-million dollar budget, they asked Elliot how many positions would be covered.
Elliot told them that there were around 267 positions budgeted. Money from the new budget would also go to getting the agency in full compliance with NC Fast, the state’s computerized tracking program.
Elliot does not anticipate backlogs the county’s experienced in 2014 and in early 2015. County Manager Scott Elliot agrees with the prediction and added he does not believe there will be as great of a need for overtime.
“This year has been an anomaly,” the county manager told commissioners.
The department noted it does not budget for overtime and instead uses lapses in positions and other sources to cover the costs.
The county manager has until May 18th to amend the budget. Then, he will present it to commissioners.