STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

 

The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Called Public Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2007, in the Community Room, 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:

 

          Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

          Elizabeth (“B.J.”) Mathis, Vice-Chairman, District II Commissioner

          Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

          Reid A. Bowman, District IV Commissioner

          Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

          (Chairman Jason Harper was absent during this meeting)

 

Also attending were Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Shay Mathis, County Clerk; Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Phyllis Shrader, Deputy County Manager; Michael Harris, Planning Division Director; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; Michael Sabine, Assistant County Manager; Mike Bush Financial Services Director; Angie Bailey, Social Services Division Director; and others.

 

(NOTE: 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.)

 

Vice-Chairman Mathis called the meeting to order and announced that the meeting would be separated into two meetings; one meeting for the public hearing regarding the millage rate.  That meeting will adjourn and the next portion of the meeting will be called to order.  Commissioner Stamey made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Holder seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Tax Commissioners Office

Public Hearing – Millage Rate

          Andy Pipkin, Tax Commissioner, presented the agenda item to the Board.  Governor Roy Barnes was concerned that there were counties that were leaving their millage rates the same and taxes would be the same.  At that time he requested the counties to advertise if a county had a reassessment.   The millage rate would have to be equivalent to whatever was reassessed and would have to be rolled back or there would have to be a hearing to indicate why there was not a roll back. 

            Mr. Pipkin presented the following information regarding Unincorporated Henry County to the Board:

                  

          Vice-Chairman Mathis stated for an example:  a home that cost $200,000, last years taxes compared to this years, what would the homeowner pay in taxes?  Mr. Pipkin stated in the unincorporated area it would be six cents.  For the residents within the cities that amount is less because of the duplication of services that House Bill 489 created.  If a city has their own police or fire department they receive a roll back in those areas.  The City of Stockbridge uses the County’s police and fire so their rate is the same as the County’s.  The City of McDonough has both a police and fire department so they would receive a roll back in both areas.  The City of Hampton and the City of Locust Grove have a police department and would receive a roll back in that area.

          Commissioner Stamey asked for clarification regarding the six cent increase.  Mr. Pipkin said it would be six cents for this year and that would be if the value of the home was $200,000 and the value did not increase in those two years.  The Board approved a Homestead Freeze approximately three years ago but the Henry County Board of Education did not approve a freeze.  So any reassessment on homestead would affect the school taxes.

          Commissioner Holder asked what the Homestead Freeze cost the county in tax dollars.  Mr. Pipkin stated he did not have those figures but for 2006 it was $34,847,759 for unincorporated assessments.  Commissioner Holder stated the School Board did not approve the Homestead Freeze. When the economy flattens out more than it is currently, as far as growth is concerned, it will be felt by not only the private sector but also the local government. 

          Mr. Pipkin stated for the last 15 to 20 years growth has carried the county and allowed the School Board and the Board of Commissioners to not have to raise the millage rate. 

          Commissioner Bowman stated regarding the comment that the School Board has not increased their millage rate; it is understood that the Board of Education is at the maximum rate the State allows and they are considering going to the State to have the maximum raised.

          Mr. Pipkin stated he did not say the millage rate had not increased but that it would have increased quicker if it had not been for the growth in the county.

Commissioner Holder commented that he disagreed with part of Commissioner Bowman’s statement that the county was doing better at managing funds than the school board.

          Vice-Chairman Mathis called for public comments from anyone wishing to speak regarding the millage rate; there was no response.

          Vice-Chairman Mathis announced the second hearing for the millage rate will be on August 29th at 6:00 p.m.

          Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn the public hearing for the millage rate; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried unanimously

 


Vice-Chairman Mathis called the remainder of the meeting to order.  Commissioner Holder made the motion to approve the agenda; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

PLANNING & ZONING SERVICES

West Asbury Landfill

          Michael Harris, Planning & Zoning Services Division Director presented the agenda item to the Board.  The resolution presented requested authorization to take the necessary corrective measures at the West Asbury Landfill.  The Landfill has been closed since July of 1993 and since that time the county has monitored and tested the landfill on an ongoing base.  Over the course of time there have been incidents where mitigation work was needed.  Reports were submitted to the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) earlier this year recommending that natural monitor attenuation; continue to let nature dissipate the contaminate levels.  EPD responded that they felt it would be necessary for a more aggressive remedy to approach how the problem is mitigated.  Their recommendation was to use an air spargeon technique or vapor extraction technique.  The matter was research and it was determined the vapor extraction system was the most feasible and most effective system to use at this time.  A proposal for the design and pilot testing was submitted by TTL and they would also handle the request for proposal (RFP) process.  Because the West Asbury Landfill is listed on the hazardous waste inventory, all cost associated with the maintenance, remediation, clean up and removal of contaminates would be completely eligible for reimbursement through the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund. 

          Commissioner Holder asked if the reimbursement would be for 100% of the funds spent; Mr. Harris stated yes.

          Commissioner Holder made the motion to approve the resolution; Commissioner Basler seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Henry County Board of Commissioners is the custodian of the public facilities of Henry County; and

 

          WHEREAS, the West Asbury Landfill has been closed for approximately 15 years and during that time the County has regularly monitored the site to ensure contaminants were within the stated guidelines as required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division; and

 

          WHEREAS, recent reports have indicated that the delineation of a migratory plume was detected slightly off-site, thereby requiring the County to employ remediation measures in accordance with EPD recommendations; and

 

          WHEREAS, the West Asbury Landfill site is registered on the Hazardous Site Inventory and all costs associated with the investigation, remediation, and post-closure maintenance of this site are eligible for reimbursement through the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund.

 

          NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Henry County Board of Commissioners authorizes the Chairman to sign the agreement with the engineering firm TTL, Inc in the amount of $125,240.80 for the purpose of Pilot Testing and System Design, and in an anticipated amount of $250,000.00 to install a Soil Vapor Extraction System (SVE) for the West Asbury Landfill, to administer the RFP relative to installation of the system, and to oversee installation of the SVE system consistent with the mandates and requirements of the EPD.

 

          NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Henry County Board of Commissioners directs staff to pursue reimbursement for this expense from the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, as an eligible facility relative to Hazardous Waste Trust Fund requirements.

 

COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS

          There were no comments.

COUNTY ATTORNEY COMMENTS

          There were no comments.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

                 1.      Wednesday, August 29th @ 6:00 p.m., Called BOC meeting – 2nd Public Hearing for the Millage Rate and Adoption of the SPLOST III Projects

                 2.      Monday, September 3rd is the Labor Day Holiday and there will be no meeting

                 3.      Tuesday, September 4th @ 9:00 a.m., Regular BOC meeting 

                 4.      Wednesday, September 5th @ 6:00 p.m. Called BOC meetings – 3rd Public Hearing for the Millage Rate and 6:30 p.m. – Adoption of the Millage Rate.

 

RECESS

          Commissioner Holder made the motion to recess the meeting; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

CALL TO ORDER

WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS SPLOST III PROJECTS

          Chairman Harper stated the goal for the workshop is to formalize the SPLOST Ballot.  There were discussions regarding capital projects and transportation projects.  The percentages (for capital projects and transportations projects) had to be set.  If SPLOST III is a six year program there’s not limit to the amount that can be received. 

          Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney, recommended that the Board keep the discussion general.  It is sufficient for the Ballot to say “Recreational Facilities, Public Buildings, Community Facilities, etc.”  The information needed is the total anticipated revenues for the ballot and also the total anticipated bond amount. 

          The Board discussed the anticipated revenues and the total anticipated bond amount.  After discussion Commissioner Holder made the motion approve the ballot with descriptive language if allowed and inserting $300 million as the anticipated collections and $240 million as the allowable amount for bonding; Commissioner Bowman seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following:

          WHEREAS,  the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax now in effect is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2008; and

          WHEREAS, the Henry County Board of Commissioners has determined that the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax now in effect needs to be continued and intends to present this matter to Henry County citizens in a special election to be held on November 6, 2007;

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Henry County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the attached ballot language to be presented to the voters on November 6, 2007;

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this same ballot language shall appear in any and all future resolutions of the Board calling for the continuation and/or re-imposition of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

2007 SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX

BALLOT

          The following referendum question having been properly reviewed by all required governing authorities is hereby put to a vote by the Citizens of Henry County who shall mark this ballot either “YES” or “NO”

( ) YES

( ) NO

Shall a special one percent (1%) sales and use tax be re-imposed in the special district of Henry County for a period of time not to exceed twenty four (24) calendar quarters and for the raising of an estimated amount of $300,000,000 for the purpose of financing the following capital outlay projects to be owned or operated or both by Henry County, Georgia, the City of Hampton, the City of Locust Grove, the City of McDonough, the City of Stockbridge, or combination thereof: (1) roads, bridges and sidewalks, (2) parks, recreation and community facilities, (3) public building, development, construction and renovation, (4) land acquired for public use, (5) public safety/public works facilities and equipment, (6) a county correctional facility, (7) repayment of any debt or other obligations associated with any of said projects and (8) retirement of previously incurred general obligation debt of one or more of the foregoing entities.

If re-imposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Henry County, Georgia, in the principal amount of $240,000,000 for the above purpose.

          The Board continued discussion regarding SPLOST III Projects concentrating on the capital projects that were recommended by the SPLOST III Committee.  The projects list for capital projects was amended but was not finalized and the Board elected to continue discussions at the regularly scheduled meeting on September 4th. 

           Commissioner Bowman made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                          Jason T. Harper, Chairman

 

Shay Mathis, County Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE OF GEORGIA

 

COUNTY OF HENRY

 

 

          The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a Called Public Meeting at 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, in the Community Room, County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia.  Notice of this meeting was posted on the bulletin board in the entrance foyer of the County Administration Building, the usual meeting place of the Board of Commissioners.  The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting.  Those present were:

 

          Jason T. Harper, Chairman,

          Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner

          Elizabeth (“B.J.”) Mathis, Vice-Chairman, District II Commissioner

          Randy Stamey, District III Commissioner

          Reid A. Bowman, District IV Commissioner

          Johnny B. Basler, District V Commissioner

 

Also attending were Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Shay Mathis, County Clerk; Rob Magnaghi, County Manager; Phyllis Shrader, Deputy County Manager; Terry McMickle, Public Works Division Director; and others.

 

(NOTE: 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 called for an acceptance of the agenda.  Commissioner Mathis made the motion to accept the agenda; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

         

PUBLIC HEARING – MILLAGE RATE:

 

          Chairman Harper opened the public hearing concerning the millage rate and called for public comments; there were no public comments.  Chairman Harper closed the public hearing and adjourned that portion of the meeting.

 

 


Chairman Harper called the remainder of the meeting to order and called for an acceptance of the agenda.  Commissioner Mathis made the motion to accept the agenda; Commissioner Stamey seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR THE CONTINUATION AND/OR RE-IMPOSITION OF THE CURRENT SPLOST

 

          Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney, presented the agenda item to the Board.  Mr. Jaugstetter noted that the resolution should be amended:

1.     insert the language “or any combination thereof”

2.     under item #3 on the ballot – it should read “public building, development, construction and renovation”

 

Chairman Harper read the ballot language into the record:

 

The following referendum question having been properly reviewed by all required governing authorities is hereby put to a vote by the Citizens of Henry County who shall mark this ballot either “YES” or “NO”

 

(   )  YES

(   )  NO

         

Shall a special one percent (1%) sales and use tax be re-imposed in the special district of Henry County for a period of time not to exceed twenty four (24) calendar quarters and for the raising of an estimated amount of $300,000,000 for the purpose of financing the following capital outlay projects to be owned or operated or both by Henry County, Georgia, the City of Hampton, the City of Locust Grove, the City of McDonough, the City of Stockbridge, or in combination thereof: (1) roads, bridges and sidewalks, (2) parks, recreation and community facilities, (3) public buildings, development, construction and renovation, (4) land acquired for public use, (5) public safety/public works facilities and equipment, (6) a county correctional facility, (7) repayment of any debt or other obligations associated with any of said projects and (8) retirement of previously incurred general obligation debt of one or more of the foregoing entities.

 

If re-imposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Henry County, Georgia, in the principal amount of $240,000,000 for the above purpose.

 

          Chairman Harper stated the ballot does not add a one cent sales tax to the current tax base, it would continue the one cent that is due to expire at the conclusion of the SPLOST II program.  This SPLOST will be called SPLOST III and this will allow for a continuous collection of the one cent.  It is estimated that SPLOST III could bring in up to $300,000,000 and would allow up to $240,000,000 to be bonded allowing the projects to begin at the initial start of the program.

         

          Commissioner Holder made the motion to approve the resolution; Commissioner Mathis seconded.  The motion carried unanimously approving the following resolution:

          WHEREAS, the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax now in effect is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2008; and

          WHEREAS, the Henry County Board of Commissioners has determined that the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax now in effect needs to be continued and intends to present this matter to Henry County citizens in a special election to be held on November 6, 2007;

          NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Henry County Board of Commissioners hereby approves the ballot language to be presented to the voters on November 6, 2007;

          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this same ballot language shall appear in any and all future Resolutions of the Board calling for the continuation and/or re-imposition of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS

          There were no comments.

COUNTY ATTORNEY COMMENTS

          There were no comments.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

                 5.      Monday, September 3rd is the Labor Day Holiday and there will be no meeting

                 6.      Tuesday, September 4th @ 9:00 a.m., Regular BOC meeting 

                 7.      Wednesday, September 5th @ 6:00 p.m. Called BOC meetings – 3rd Public Hearing for the Millage Rate and 6:30 p.m. – Adoption of the Millage Rate.

ADJOURNMENT

          Commissioner Stamey made the motion to adjourn; Commissioner Mathis seconded.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                   Jason T. Harper, Chairman

 

Shay Mathis, County Clerk