The Wayne County Board of Commissioners reconvened in regular session on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 in the commission meeting room at the Wayne County Courthouse. Prior to the regular meeting, the budget committee met to discuss the upcoming 2019-2010 budget. All budget committee members were present, including Commissioners David Martin, Phillip Casteel, Sherrie Powers, Joe Hall, Herbert Brewer, Tim Prater, and Tom Mathis. The main topic of interest voted on by the budget committee was the approval of a 20-cent property tax increase. The increase would raise the property tax rate in Wayne County from $2.30 to $2.50. Commissioners Hall, Brewer, Prater, and Mathis voted yes on the tax increase, while Commissioners Martin, Casteel, and Powers voted no. The full budget, including the property tax increase, will go before the full commission at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, July 16th. County Executive Jim Mangubat stated that funds from an increase in the property tax would be used for the water system depreciation, equipment at the Solid Waste facility, and needed repairs to county-owned buildings.

   The full commission reconvened at 7:00 p.m. with County Executive Jim Mangubat presiding over the meeting. Commissioners in attendance were Herbert Brewer, Mary L. Garner, Tom Mathis, Stephen Pevahouse, Tim Prater, Phillip Casteel, Tim Powell, Sherrie Powers, David Martin, Kathryn Staggs, Joe Hall, and Rickey Kelley. Also present were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough. Commissioners Vickie Petty and John McDonald were absent.

   Commissioner Garner made a motion to approve the budget amendments previously approved by the budget committee. Commissioner Hall seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

   Commissioner Kelley then made a motion to adopt the continuing budget resolution. This allows the county to continue operating under the 2018-2019 budget until the 2019-2020 budget is passed. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, and the resolution was unanimously approved.

   Next, Commissioner Casteel made a motion stating that elected officials and employees of the courthouse would not park on the square during regular business hours. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion failed on roll call vote with Commissioners Casteel, Powell, Martin, Staggs, and Kelley voting yes, and Commissioners Brewer, Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Prater, and Hall voting no. Commissioner Powers abstained from the vote.

   In closing, Commissioner Garner commented that concerning the upcoming budget, the commission can work together to better the county. She said that sometimes the commission’s votes may be unpopular, but look to the needs of the county.

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

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