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County to pay up front for inmate housing, saving $120,000

Baker County commissioners are one step away from adopting a $28.2 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, including a new method of paying for county jail inmate care that officials say will save taxpayers up to $200,000 a year.

The proposed budget was unanimously endorsed during a meeting on the afternoon of September 17, following a workshop to discuss a plan with the City of Macclenny to pave Buck Starling Road adjacent to the 10-acre site of a future public transportation center operated by the Council on Aging.

A final public hearing and adoption of the new spending plan, which holds the line on taxes and fees and was balanced by a roughly $1.5 million transfer from the county’s dwindling reserve fund, is scheduled for 6 pm on October 2 — one day after the new fiscal year begins.

Included in the $28,213,239 budget is $3,782,945 for county jail inmate care, which the commission in the past has paid in advance quarterly payments in exchange for a discount of about $80,000 a year. By paying the entire amount up front, as Sheriff Joey Dobson proposed two weeks ago, officials said the county could save up to an additional $120,000 a year.

After the sheriff pitched his idea to the board on September 4, Commission Chairman Gordon Crews noted that the plan enables the county to balance the budget without having to take quite as much out of reserves to fix a projected $1.6 million deficit.

The additional $120,000 in savings, Mr. Crews said, would require a transfer of only $1.48 million from reserves to balance the budget instead of $1.6 million. As of August 27, the reserve fund held about $7.8 million.

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Wayne Burnsed of Moniac dies

Willard “Wayne” Burnsed, 67, a lifelong resident of Moniac, Georgia, died September 11, 2012 at his residence with family by his side. He was born in Moniac on December 30, 1944 to the late Enoch Burnsed and Ruby Raulerson Burnsed. Wayne was a graduate of Charlton County High School, and served in the United States Army. He retired from Rayonier in Fernandina Beach after 37 years of dedicated work. Wayne was a Baptist and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his sister Ester Mae Yonn; his brother Earl Johns; and son-in-law, Roger Altman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Florence Rewis Burnsed of Moniac; daughter Donna Altman (Ray Bishop); sons Robert (Bonnie) McKenzie and Willard Enoch Burnsed; sister Ruth (Bill) Bates; brother Wade (Delores) Burnsed; grandchildren, David, Andrew, Kyle, Victoria, Tara, and Collin; special aunt Ethel Raulerson.

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Bessie Crump of Sanderson dies

Bessie Louise Crump, 94, of Sanderson died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab Center following a long illness. She was a native of St. Louis, MO and resided in Sanderson the past 35 years. Mrs. Crump was a proof operator at the Wellston Bank in Wellston, MO for over 25 years until retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary, the Woman’s Club of Macclenny and the Baldwin Order of the Eastern Star; and a former member of the Charmers dance troupe of Baker County.

Mrs. Crump was predeceased by parents Franklin and Bessie McMichael Slocum, husband William Newton Crump and son-in-law Windell Dugger. She is survived by daughter Bessie L. Dugger of Sanderson; two brothers William F. Crump of Sanderson and Richard E. Crump of Florissant, MO; 11 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

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Paul Perkins, 67, of Baldwin

Paul Perkins, 67, of Baldwin died on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. He was born in Sanderson to the late Willie and Louise Coleman Perkins, and is survived by sisters and brothers Elton and Margie Perkins and Joseph and Luvice Owens; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

The funeral service for Mr. Perkins will be at 1 pm on Saturday, September 22 at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Sanderson with Elder Richard Farmer officiating. Minister Vick Givens will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at Quitman Cemetery in Sanderson.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 21 at the church from 6-8 pm. Cooper Funeral Home of Lake City is in charge of arrangements.

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