Henry County Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting with the City of
Jason T. Harper, Chairman
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Reid A. Bowman, Sr., District IV Commissioner
Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner
Billy Copeland, Mayor
Gina Riffey, Councilmember
Sandra Vincent, Councilmember
Gail Notti, Councilmember
Rufus Stewart, Councilmember
Monta Brown, Councilmember
Janis Price, City Clerk
City of Locust Grove
W. L. (Billy) Carter, Councilmember
Keith Boone, Councilmember
Frances Ward, Councilmember
Rick Jeffares, City Manager
City of Stockbridge
R. G. Kelley, Mayor
W. A. (Rip) Gardner, Councilmember
Harold L. Cochran, Councilmember
Fred Evans, Councilmember
Ted Strickland, City Manager
R. W. Coley, Mayor
Henry Byrd, Councilmember
Paul Jones, Councilmember
Mary Ann Mitcham, Councilmember
Kim Drinkall, City Clerk
(NOTE: Audio of
this meeting is available with the
Chairman Harper called the meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the agenda. Commissioner Bowman made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Basler seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Harper stated this meeting was a historic occasion where the County Commission and the four City Mayors and Councilmember’s convened to consider an Intergovernmental Agreement concerning the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Referendum for November, 2007.
Harper introduced the Elected Officials for each municipality and stated Patrick
Patrick Jaugstetter stated a draft agreement was prepared for consideration. The SPLOST law states, with respect to SPLOST proceeds, counties and cities can either enter into an agreement or not. If there is not an agreement, there is a limit to collect proceeds for five (5) years and the proceeds are distributed in accordance to population. If there is an agreement (which is encouraged by the State) proceeds can be collected for six (6) years, there is more flexibility in the how the funds are used and the proceeds can be divided in any manner approved. There was a meeting of county and city officials where the proposed intergovernmental agreement began. The agreement states the proceeds will be divided 75% retained by the County and 25% to the Cities. Each of the cities will receive a percentage of the 25%. The agreement calls for sharing of the decision making as to which projects will be completed. The project lists have not been completed. The Cities have submitted their project lists and the County’s list is still in draft form. When all project lists have been completed, the lists will be reviewed by the County and the Cities. The agreement also allows the SPLOST proceeds to be bonded. The agreement states the County will issue one bond and distribute the proceeds of the bond. The agreement is fairly written and reflects the interest of the citizens to maximize the benefit of SPLOST to everyone’s gain. Mr. Jaugstetter recommended that the Board of Commissioners approve the Intergovernmental Agreement.
Welch, Attorney, stated that everyone should remember this is not a new tax but
a reenactment of the existing SPLOST.
The proposed Intergovernmental Agreement is being handled more efficient
than others as far as the administration of the proceeds. All the Cities and their representatives and
Mr. Jaugstetter added that from the County’s perspective one agreement was negotiated with the Cities as a whole. The Cities should be commended for negotiating among themselves the percentage each City would receive of the 25%. The Intergovernmental Agreement represents five (5) agreements; this reflects a desire of the Elected Officials to best serve the citizens without a battle of turf.
Mr. Welch added that all the Cities adopted resolutions approving the Intergovernmental Agreement and authorized the respective mayors and clerks to sign the necessary documents.
Holder made the motion to approve a resolution and adopt the intergovernmental
agreement; Commissioner Mathis seconded.
The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of the agreement will be
retained in the
(There was a symbolic vote
on the Intergovernmental Agreement by each of the City Councilmember’s and the
agreement was signed by each Mayor and the Chairman of the
Commissioner Mathis made the motion to adjourn the meeting; Commissioner Bowman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Jason T. Harper, Chairman