COUNTY OF HENRY
The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a “Called” Public Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2006, in Conference Room B, County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia. Notice of this meeting was posted in the entrance foyer of the County Administration Building. The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting. Those present were:
Jason T. Harper, Chairman, presiding
Gerry Adams, Vice Chairman, District IV Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Elizabeth (“B.J.”) Mathis, District II Commissioner
Lee Holman, District V Commissioner
(Randy Stamey, Commissioner District III was not present at this meeting)
Also attending were Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Shay Mathis, County Clerk; LaTonya Wiley, Deputy County Attorney; Andy Pipkin, Tax Commissioner; Michael Turner, Deputy County Manager and Public Safety Division Director; Michael Harris, Planning and Development Division Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Angie Bailey, Interim Administration Division Director; Mike Bush, Financial Services Director; Julie Hoover-Ernst, Communications Director; Michael Sabine, Assistant to the County Manager; and others.
(NOTE: An audio of this meeting is available with the County Clerk in the Board of Commissioners’ Office and will be retained for a period no less than twelve (12) months from the date of this meeting.)
Chairman Harper called the meeting to order and asked for an Acceptance of the Agenda. Commissioner Holman made the motion to accept the Agenda; Commissioner Holder seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Roy Clack, SPLOST/Capital Projects Director, presented information regarding the presentation of a proclamation to Justin and Evan Holder (no relationship to Commissioner Holder), that worked for the county in the SPLOST/Capital Projects Department.
The Chairman and Commissioners, along with the SPLOST Staff presented the following proclamation to Justin and Evan Holder:
A Proclamation Honoring
Justin Holder and Evan Holder
for Their Hard Work and Exemplary Service
with the Henry County SPLOST Department
Whereas, Justin Holder and Evan Holder were born in LaGrange, Georgia, but have spent the majority of their lives in Africa with their family while their father, Jeff Holder, served as a missionary in Botswana and South Africa;
Whereas, because of their unique upbringing, Justin and Evan Holder are both very comfortable interacting with people of all ages and ethnicities, are fluent in French, and are able to speak some Setswana and Afrikaans, the language of Botswana and South Africa;
Whereas, Justin Holder and Evan Holder graduated from high school in Cape Town, South Africa and recently returned to the United States in order to attend college this fall at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where Evan plans to study Biology in order to obtain a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition while Justin plans to earn a degree in Psychology;
Whereas, these young men worked for the Henry County SPLOST Department over the summer, during which they proved to be valuable, top-notch employees, providing manual labor in the form of packing and unpacking court files as well as assisting in furniture assembly and placement in the new Judicial Center;
Whereas, both Justin and Evan consistently exceeded expectations as they went about their tasks, working so diligently and efficiently that they needed only minimal instruction and supervision;
Whereas, these well-mannered young men consistently completed their work with a cheerful attitude, a strong attention to detail, and an extraordinary willingness to “go the extra mile” and, as a result, were regularly praised by numerous employees from the Solicitors Office, State Court, Magistrate Court, and Juvenile Court for the quality of their work;
Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the Henry County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the SPLOST Department and the employees of the Judicial Center, wishes to express its appreciation to Justin Holder and Evan Holder for their hard work and exceptional service over the summer of 2006 as the new courthouse was completed. The Board furthermore wishes these extraordinary young men continued success and happiness as they set out to pursue their dreams.
Public Hearing: Adoption of the 2006 Millage Rates
Chairman Harper called to order the public hearing regarding the adoption of the millage rates. There being no public comments the Public Hearing was closed.
Commissioner Adams made a motion to adopt the 2006 millage rates, by resolution, for Henry County; Commissioner Holman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
2006 Tax Levy
IT IS HERBY ORDERED the ad valorem taxes for the calendar year 2006 be and are levied and assessed as follows:
I. School tax for the support and maintenance of the public school system as certified and recommended by the Board of Education of Henry County, Georgia, 20.00 mills or $20.00 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
II. For payment of principal and interest on school bonds, as certified and recommended by the Board of Education of Henry County, Georgia 3.06 mills or $3.06 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation on all property in Henry County, subject thereto.
III. For payment of principal and interest on water and sewerage bonds, as provided by the Constitution of Georgia, as amended, 2.00 mills or $2.00 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
IV. For hospital purposes, as provided by the State Code of Georgia, 1.00 mill or $1.00 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
V. For State public purposes, as required by law, 0.25 mill or $.25 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
VI. For general County public purposes, as authorized by law and the Constitution of Georgia, as amended, 14.129 mills or $14.129 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. From this amount is further deduced 2.93 mills or $2.93 per thousand of assessed valuation through the collection of $16,500,866 in Local Option Sales Tax for Calendar 2005 to a net Board of Commissioners millage of 11.199 mills or $11.199 per thousand of assessed valuation for the unincorporated areas. All property located within the City of McDonough will be assessed at 8.661 mills or $8.661 per thousand of assessed valuation. All property located within the City of Stockbridge will be assessed 11.161 mills or $11.161 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. All property located within the City of Hampton will be assessed 9.923 mills or $9.923 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. All property located within the City of Locust Grove will be assessed 9.378 mills or $9.378 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
The cities of McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, and Locust Grove received the same rollback of 2.93 mills for Local Option Sales Tax as in the unincorporated area. Rollbacks (credits) due to combination of services are as follows: McDonough – 2.538 mills (1.22 police, 1.21 fire, and 0.108 rollback of taxes), Hampton – 1.276 mills (1.22 police and 0.056 rollback of taxes), Locust Grove – 1.821 mills (1.22 police and 0.601 rollback of taxes) and Stockbridge -- .038 mills (.038 rollback of taxes.)
VII. These millage rates are for the purpose of providing the following:
1. Police, Fire Protection and Emergency Communications
2. Garbage and solid waste disposal
3. Public health facilities and services; including the Mental Health activities, County Health Department, Emergency Medical Services, Indigent Health Care, and Animal Control
4. Street and road construction and maintenance
5. Storm water collection and disposal systems
6. Parks, recreational area, programs and facilities
7. Community Development, Planning and Zoning
8. Support of Library Activities
9. Building, Code Enforcement and inspections
10. General Administration of County Government
11. Courts administration and operations, the maintenance and support of prisoners, and the handling of litigation affecting the county
12. Support of agricultural and home demonstration agents and programs
13. Support of public assistance programs as may be provided by law
VIII. TOTAL AD VALOREM TAX LEVIES are 37.509 mills for the unincorporated areas of the county, 37.471 mills for the City of Stockbridge, 37.481 mills for the City of McDonough, 36.233 mills for the city of Hampton, and 35.688 mills for the City of Locust Grove.
Commissioner Adams made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Holman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Jason T. Harper, Chairman
Shay Mathis, County Clerk