Administrator of Elections Linda Medley says she believes Dickson County might not be following the letter of the law that governs its budgeting process. According to documents Medley presented Tuesday to the Dickson County Election Commission, the Local Option and Budgeting Law of 1993 requires the county mayor and budget committee to try to work out differences in budget proposals with department heads before a budget is presented for consideration. The laws says, “Any change in the budget proposed by the county mayor or budget committee shall be reviewed by the county mayor or budget committee with the affected officer or department or agency head, and an attempt will be made to arrive at a mutually acceptable budget amount… If the county mayor or budget committee cannot reach agreement with any affected officer or department or agency head concerning the budget of the office, department or agency, then the consolidated budget shall be presented to the county legislative body with the original proposed budget for the office, department or agency affected, and the county mayor or budget committee” will present proposed changes separately and shall “outline the proposed changes to the consolidated budget and shall state the reasons for the proposed changes” to the county commission. Since he took office, Mayor Bob Rial has started the budget process by presenting a consolidated “mayor’s” budget to the budget committee and this year included a separate package that included all the original budget proposals submitted by department heads. However, Medley said the mayor’s budget presented for the election office contains $11,000 in cuts from the budget approved by the election commission. She said the mayor’s office did not discuss those changes with her prior to presenting the budget and only the mayor’s “altered” budget has been considered by the budget committee. Rial has asked at each committee meeting if any department head or elected official would like to discuss his or her proposed budget. Election commission Chairman Jack Garton instructed Medley Tuesday to present the department’s original budget to the budget committee at its meeting Monday, saying it would be difficult for the election office to argue that its budget was not given consideration when it was never presented before the committee. The Budget Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 pm Monday with a public hearing and possible special session to vote on the 2013-14 budget to be held.