The Madison County Commissioner’s Court was asked to amend pay for the county’s two Justices of the Peace, but were prevented from making any changes by state law.
At its regular meeting Monday, the county was asked to move the money set aside for travel allowances for the two JPs into their monthly salaries, as the paperwork required to report travel was cumbersome.
However, County Auditor Toni Joyner said that according to state law, pay for elected officials cannot be changed except during annual budget negotiations, and only after the pay levels are published.
She said the county last year decided against the same request.
“This has to be done in the budget process,” she said. “It can’t be done in a regular meeting. You can’t change anything related to an elected official outside of the budget process.”
County Judge C.E. McDaniel Jr. said they will wait until the budget process begins to reconsider the request, and the matter died for a lack of a motion.
In the only other matter discussed by the commission, the county approved a $3,000 disbursement from the hotel/motel tax fund for advertising for the annual Lions Club Gun Show, which is held the third weekend in August.
The vote to allow the funding was unanimous.