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   The Wayne County Commission reconvened in regular session on Monday, August 12th in the Commission Meeting Room at the Wayne County Courthouse. The budget committee met at 5:30 p.m., prior to the regular meeting. Members of the budget committee who were present included Commissioners Herbert Brewer, Tom Mathis, Phillip Casteel, Sherrie Powers, Joe Hall, and David Martin. Commissioner Tim Prater was absent for the budget committee meeting, but did attend the regular commission meeting. Other members of the commission were also present for both the budget committee meeting and regular meeting, including Commissioners John McDonald, Tim Powell, Vickie Petty, Mary Lauren Garner, Kathryn Staggs, Ricky Kelley, and Stephen Pevahouse. Also in attendance were County Executive Jim Mangubat, County Clerk Stan Horton, and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough.

   The budget committee meeting began with Commissioner Brewer rescinding the motion to leave the property tax rate the same at $2.30. This allowed further discussion for the tax levy.

   Without any further discussion, Commissioner Powers made a motion to set the property tax rate at $2.30 (no change in the current rate). Commissioner Casteel seconded the motion. On roll call vote, commissioners voting yes were Commissioners Casteel, Powers, and Martin. Voting no were Commissioners Brewer, Mathis, and Hall. County Executive Mangubat asked if any of the commissioners wished to reconsider their vote, and Commissioner Hall changed his vote to yes. The motion to set the property tax rate at $2.30 in the 2019-2020 budget was then passed by the budget committee by a vote of four yes and two no.

   Commissioner Powers then made a motion to recess the budget committee meeting. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, and the budget committee meeting was recessed.

   The regular meeting began at 6:00 p.m. with all commission members present. County Clerk Stan Horton gave the invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

   Commissioner Brewer first made a motion to reconsider the property tax levy of $2.30. Commissioner McDonald seconded the motion. This motion put the property tax rate up for discussion once again, per the recommendation of the budget committee. The motion passed by a vote of nine to five. Commissioners voting yes were Commissioners Prater, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Martin, Staggs, and Kelley. Voting no were Commissioners Brewer, Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, and Hall.

   Commissioner McDonald then made a motion to accept the recommendation of the budget committee and set the property tax rate at $2.30, which is the same as the current tax rate. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion. Commissioner Brewer asked where the budget committee was able to find funding in the budget so that the property tax rate would not have to be increased. The county’s financial advisor, Steve Bates, said that funds had been moved from capital projects, other capital projects, and debt service in order to balance the budget without increasing the property tax rate. Voting yes on the motion to set the property tax rate at $2.30 were Commissioners McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Staggs, Kelley, and Martin. Voting no were Commissioners Brewer, Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Prater, and Hall. When County Executive Mangubat asked if any commissioners wished to reconsider their vote, Commissioner Prater changed his vote to yes. The motion then passed on a vote of nine to five.

   Next was the Budget Appropriation Resolution. This is a resolution that sets how funds in the budget are distributed to each department. Commissioner Casteel made a motion to approve the resolution, and Commissioner McDonald seconded the motion. The Budget Appropriation Resolution passed on a vote of nine to five with Commissioners Prater, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Martin, Staggs, and Kelley voting yes, and Commissioners Brewer, Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, and Hall voting no.

   The Non-Profit Resolution was up next for the commission’s approval. This resolution appropriates funds in the budget for non-profit entities. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the resolution, and Commissioner Powers seconded the resolution. The resolution was approved by a vote of 12 to 2, with Commissioners Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Prater, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Martin, Staggs, and Hall voting yes, and Commissioners Brewer and Kelley voting no.

   Last was the approval of Budget Statements of Individual Funds. Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve, and Commissioner Prater seconded the motion. The motion passed on a vote of nine to four, with Commissioners Prater, McDonald, Casteel, Petty, Powers, Martin, Staggs, Hall, and Kelley voting yes, and Commissioners Brewer, Garner, Mathis, and Pevahouse voting no. Commissioner Powell abstained from this vote.

   With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner Kelley made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Prater seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.

   In order to follow proper protocol, Commissioner Hall made a motion to reconvene the budget committee meeting, and Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion. Commissioner Hall then made a motion to adjourn the budget committee meeting. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and the budget committee meeting was adjourned as well.  

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