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Panel Questions Legality of Buying Coffee, Water

Posted: November 29, 2012 at 2:47 a.m.

Thousands of taxpayer dollars for years have paid to keep Washington County employees and office visitors awake and hydrated with coffee and water, but some justices of the peace worry buying those drinks could be against the law.

By the Number

County Coffee

Washington County has budgets money annually for coffee, water and food for employees and visitors. Shown below are the 2011 expenditures, this year’s budget and the 2013 requests.

2011 2012 2013

County Clerk $395 $1,200 $1,200

Circuit Clerk $638 $2,000 $1,000

Sheriff $4,645 $6,000 $7,500

Assessor $1,944 $2,160 $1,500

Tax Collector $785 $2,600 $2,600

Treasurer $0 $0 $0

Coroner $0 $40 $0

County Judge $3,236 $7,095 $5,900

Quorum Court $261 $900 $900

Total $11,907 $21,995 $20,600

Source: Staff Report

Meeting

Budget Committee of the Whole

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Washington County Courthouse, 280 N. College Ave.

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