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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE CRISP COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON JUNE 18, 2013

OPENING CEREMONIES

Vice-Chairman Clark Henderson called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. with Commissioners Sam Farrow and Larry Felton in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Tom Patton, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Clerk Linda Finch.

PUBLIC HEARING

Vice-Chairman Henderson opened the public hearing to discuss the proposed FY 2014 budget. He asked if there were any comments from the public regarding the budget. There were none at that time so Mrs. Leverett went over the proposed budget for FY14. She stated that the county-wide total will be $23,326,193 which is a $470,913 increase county-wide over FY13 but it is actually a decrease over FY 13 in that we have a $730,000 TSPLOST fund included this year that was not included last year. All funds are balanced with General Fund at $12,918,744; Special Service District at $1,592,916; Water Fund at $556,450; Landfill Fund at $1,585,999; E-911 at $796,954; $ Jail Fund at $215,000; TSPLOST at $730,000; 2000 SPLOST at $520,000; 2005 SPLOST at $330,000; 2011 SPLSOT at $3,800,00; Dare Fund at $25,000; Law Library at $35,000; Asset Forfeiture Fund at $50,000; CDBG RLF at $20,100; and the CDBG 10 at $150,000. She stated that the called meeting to present the proposed budget to the Board of Commissioners for adoption has been set for June 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Administrator Patton stated that the $246,571 increase in the Landfill Fund is the amount they anticipate collecting over what we have been collecting. Commissioner Henderson asked if they felt like the curbside service is only going to generate the $246,000, and Administrator Patton stated that is the money he is going to generate above that outside of the 18 dumpsites. Commissioner Felton asked how Advanced Disposal Services is going to distinguish between county and city at the edge of the city limits, and asked if they thought they were going to separate it when they pick it up. Mrs. Leverett stated that is a requirement in the contract. Commissioner Felton asked if someone was going to watch and make sure they do that, and Mr. Patton stated that we have to depend on them being honest and if we catch them, they will have to reimburse the county. Commissioner Farrow stated that the same truck that picks up his garbage at the airport is the same truck that picks up trash in the city. Administrator Patton stated they have discussed that with Advanced Disposal Services as we do not want to inter-mingle garbage. Advanced Disposal Services has ordered two new trucks to pick up the trash and there will be a number on the truck; that is one way that we can track it. A citizen asked when would the curbside pickup began, and Administrator Patton stated it would probably be August 1st as there are only three places in the world that makes those cans, and they had to order about 4,000 cans. Commissioners Farrow stated that he is new and still in the dark about some of these things but for the last fourteen to sixteen years we have been putting about $500,000 a year in the landfill, and we should have been making about that much but everyone has been afraid to touch it because of what happened with the solid waste and recycling. Administrator Patton stated that people have to separate the landfill from solid waste as the landfill is an enterprise fund and should be making money; it is not fair to the taxpayers to subsidize the landfill or any enterprise fund. He thinks with what the economy is this is a good budget. Commissioner Felton wants to make sure we look out for our employees. A citizen stated that he asked someone what the "special services district" amount that was on his tax bill was, and they told him it was for the maintenance of the dumpsters, garbage collection, etc. He asked was that figure going to stay when the curbside service started. Administrator Patton stated .0042 would be taken out of the Special Service District but part of that tax also pays for the fire protection and planning and zoning in the unincorporated areas. He also asked if there was anything in the new program that has to do with recycling. Administrator Patton stated no, not at this point. Mr. Patton stated that 87% of this country does curbside and most of those do recycling. Commissioner Henderson asked several questions concerning the landfill and other expenses regarding the proposed budget. There were no further comments; Commissioner Henderson closed the public hearing.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Farrow to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 a.m., seconded by Mr. Felton, motion carried unanimously.

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