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Commissioners still debating how to close budget hole
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 06, 2012 | 742 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Commission Board members had a called meeting last week to discuss budget options. The commissioners have differences of opinions about how to balance the budget and will begin public hearings Thursday.
Jones County Commission Board members had a called meeting last week to discuss budget options. The commissioners have differences of opinions about how to balance the budget and will begin public hearings Thursday.
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The only mention of a tax increase during all the budget talks held last week is a tool allowed by the state that keeps counties from losing money.

Commissioner Chap Nelson is calling what is known as a tax rollback, a tax increase. This year’s rollback amounts to .25 mills or about $225,000. Nelson is not in favor of the rollback and calls it a backdoor tax increase.

The rollback is not considered a tax increase by the state, and counties are not required to have public hearings if it is used.

The Aug. 29 budget meeting began with a look at the road project list that would account for a majority of the $600,000 in the construction line item in the proposed budget. The list was requested by Commissioner Larry Childs at the previous meeting.

The project list includes Jarrell Plantation Road, Stewart Farm Road, Oak Valley Drive, Kelly Road, Comer Road, and portions of several other roads. The price tag of the projects is well over the $600,000 construction budget, but parts of the projects are funded from other line items.

“I wanted the commissioners to look at the list and agree that is how we are going to spend that line item,” he said.

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