Commission Approves Budget, Tax Rate Remains at $1.9839

The Fentress Co. Commission met Monday, August 24 in a reconvened session and approved the fiscal year 2015-16 budget, and set the property tax rate at $1.9839, which is the current rate.

With all members present, the meeting was called into session by County Executive J. Michael Cross, followed by the Pledge to the Flag by Commissioner Justin Miller and opening prayer by Commissioner Lester Gooding.

After Deborah York, Executive Director of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation, gave an update on the old York Institute building, the commission reviewed and passed the 2015-16 budget, and set the tax rate at $1,9839 per $100 of assessed valuation, which contains the following levies:

General Fund ——–$1.4789

Solid Waste/Sanitation–0.1300

General Pupose School-0.2350

General Debt Service —0.1400

Finance Director Marsha Delk then addressed the commission concerning the fact that for the past several years, Twin Lakes Telephone Co-op has billed the county for each individual phone number in the county, but when the new phone system was installed in the Justice Center, it was no longer possible to separate the phone charges, and now her office could no longer charge the individual budgets for the departments in the Justice Center.

She also noted that the 911 Center has the same problem, which means that EOC and EMA phones can’t be billed to their individual budgets.  Therefore, there were two versions of the budget, one which took communications out of the individual budgets and put the total of all of those numbers into the County Buildings budget under communications.

Budget Chairman Larry Cooper moved that the budget which had the communications in County Buildings be accepted, and this passed without opposition.

Next, the commission approved an agreement for dedication of an easement for public utilities with the City of Jamestown  to allow the city to cross the Agricultural Extension Office property on Smith Street.

Much of the rest of the meeting was taken up in discussion of the need to replace or repair the roof of the courthouse, which is in dire need of repair.

Following this discussion of different options available, the commission voted to develop bid specifications and advertise for bids for this work.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.