CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors is having discussions regarding budget problems facing the county’s Pioneer Cemetery Commission.

Created just over a year ago, the commission is composed of volunteers dedicated to cleaning up and maintaining nearly 40 pioneer cemeteries located across the county. A pioneer cemetery is defined as a site where no more than six burials have taken place in the last 50 years.

County Auditor Eric Van Lancker reported the commission currently is over budget. Funded by a countywide levy imposed by the Board of Supervisors, the commission was allocated $5,000 for the current fiscal year. Van Lancker reported that the commission has approximately $2,700 left in the current budget, with an outstanding bill of more than $6,000 for work performed at the Pleasant Hills cemetery in Hampshire Township.

The commission recently received a donation of $500 from a couple in California who have relatives buried at the Pleasant Hills site, as well as a check for just over $2,600 from Hampshire Township from a former tax levy. Van Lancker stated that even with the income, the commission will be just over $155 short of funding.

Supervisor Jill Davisson stated during Monday’s meeting that in April or May the county will likely have to amend the budget to “toss a little more money” in the commission’s budget.

“They need to have a budget, and live within that budget,” Davisson said. “We want to get everybody on the same page.”

Davisson reported the commission is still “working out the kinks” in its first year of operation, and a meeting is scheduled for April between commission members and Davisson, Van Lancker and County Attorney Mike Wolf in order to discuss budgeting procedures.

“I don’t believe they’ve done anything without the best intent,” Van Lancker stated. “But we’re starting this commission from scratch. We need time . . . to map out some of these issues.”

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission has been allocated a budget of $10,000 for the next fiscal year.CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors is having discussions regarding budget problems facing the county’s Pioneer Cemetery Commission.

Created just over a year ago, the commission is composed of volunteers dedicated to cleaning up and maintaining nearly 40 pioneer cemeteries located across the county. A pioneer cemetery is defined as a site where no more than six burials have taken place in the last 50 years.

County Auditor Eric Van Lancker reported the commission currently is over budget. Funded by a countywide levy imposed by the Board of Supervisors, the commission was allocated $5,000 for the current fiscal year. Van Lancker reported that the commission has approximately $2,700 left in the current budget, with an outstanding bill of more than $6,000 for work performed at the Pleasant Hills cemetery in Hampshire Township.

The commission recently received a donation of $500 from a couple in California who have relatives buried at the Pleasant Hills site, as well as a check for just over $2,600 from Hampshire Township from a former tax levy. Van Lancker stated that even with the income, the commission will be just over $155 short of funding.

Supervisor Jill Davisson stated during Monday’s meeting that in April or May the county will likely have to amend the budget to “toss a little more money” in the commission’s budget.

“They need to have a budget, and live within that budget,” Davisson said. “We want to get everybody on the same page.”

Davisson reported the commission is still “working out the kinks” in its first year of operation, and a meeting is scheduled for April between commission members and Davisson, Van Lancker and County Attorney Mike Wolf in order to discuss budgeting procedures.

“I don’t believe they’ve done anything without the best intent,” Van Lancker stated. “But we’re starting this commission from scratch. We need time . . . to map out some of these issues.”

The Pioneer Cemetery Commission has been allocated a budget of $10,000 for the next fiscal year.