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Meetings

MINUTES OF THE CRISP COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CALLED MEETING HELD ON JULY 24, 2013

OPENING CEREMONIES

Chairman Authur James Nance called the meeting to order at 9:36 a.m. with Commissioners Wallace Mathis, Clark Henderson, and Larry Felton in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Tom Patton, Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and Clerk Linda Finch. Commissioner Henderson gave the invocation, and Chairman Nance welcomed all in attendance.

APPROVE FIVE YEAR HISTORY AND TAX RATE FOR ADVERTISING

Mrs. Leverett reported that Tax Commissioner Cricket Adkins had requested an extension from the Department of Revenue for the processing of the 2013 Tax Digest as we didn't have any numbers in time to get it in by August 1st. We have received approval for that extension until September 1st. She has now received the numbers from the Tax Assessors' office through the Tax Commissioner, and so that we can meet the advertising deadline is why we called the meeting today. We have worked those numbers into the form supplied from the Department of Revenue, and if we can approve this for advertising today, and she can get it in Sunday's paper, then we can adopt it at the August regular meeting, which will allow the Tax Commissioner to make that September 1st deadline. She stated that the spreadsheet contains a couple of options for them to consider. She stated that because of the appeals we ended up with a $16.9 million drop in the 2013 digest over the 2012 digest, and we also ended up with a negative inflationary growth number of over $2.5 million. When they plugged the negative inflationary growth number into the calculated rollback form, it results in a rollback rate of 10.826, which is slightly higher than the 2012 rate of 10.778, but it is the calculated rollback rate so it would not be considered a tax increase should they decide to adopt that rate. They can either go with the rollback rate or leave it at the 10.778 mills, last year's rate, or anything in between. She stated that the option of using the rollback rate of 10.826 still leaves the county with about a $66,000 shortfall in our budget, and the second option, which would be to drop it to the 2012 rate of 10.778 leaves us with about a $92,000 shortfall in the budget. Using the rollback drops the calculated revenue for 2013 under 2012 by about $153,000 and the other option drops it by about $181,000 under 2012. She stated that the Special Service district number will drop from 1.34 to 1.07, and it will take the 1.07 mills to support those operations as we are anticipating a little over three months of garbage collection costs in FY14, and hopefully next year that number will come down further. Commissioner Mathis stated that after going through all of the reevaluation and appeals process and to come up with a minus on the digest, he is wondering what kind of service we are getting. Mrs. Leverett stated that last year's digest had almost a $40 million positive inflationary growth, they felt like that number was probably inflated but it was the number that was provided to us so we had to use it on the Department of Revenue form. Administrator Patton stated that last year they only used a portion of the $40 million when calculating the millage rate, and with all of the appeals that $40 million number has been adjusted down so we wind up with a negative number of what we had plugged in last year. Mrs. Leverett stated that the 2012 adjusted net digest was $587,692,558, the 2013 number is $570,942,093, which is almost a $17 million drop in the digest, but the 2011 adjusted net digest was $534,978,573, so after the re-val and the appeals that is almost $36 million over 2011. Commissioner Henderson stated that when we got penalized because we dropped below the 40% assessment is when our trouble started. Administrator Patton stated that one of the good sides of this is that the property values are getting more in line with what they should be, and he stated we would have to look in January to see where we are and we may have to amend the budget at that time. Motion was made by Mr. Henderson to adopt the 10.826 millage rate and the 1.07 rate for the Special Service District for advertising, seconded by Mr. Felton, motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Motion was made by Mr. Henderson to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 a.m., seconded by Mr. Felton, motion carried unanimously.

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