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County budget finally adopted by 3-1 margin
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 20, 2012 | 1157 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Finance Director Lavita Crutchfield read budget resolutions to board members at last week’s called meeting to set the county’s tax rate.
Jones County Finance Director Lavita Crutchfield read budget resolutions to board members at last week’s called meeting to set the county’s tax rate.
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Following more than a month of budget meetings, which were at times contentious among board members, Jones County commissioners adopted a budget and set the 2013 millage rate last week.

The budget and tax rate were adopted with a 3-1 vote at the Sept. 13 called meeting, with Commissioner Chap Nelson opposed and Chairman Preston Hawkins holding to his decision not to cast his vote except to break a tie.

The Sept. 13 meeting was relatively brief, lasting less than an hour, but each board member expressed his opinions and stated reasons for his vote.

County Administrator Mike Underwood was the first speaker at the meeting. He gave board members an overview of the county’s economic situation. He said Jones County has experienced a 2.1 percent reduction in the value of its tax digest from the 2012 digest to 2013. The value of a mill for this year’s budget is $701,927.

Underwood said expenditures in the 2013 budget have been reduced by 7.6 percent. The millage rate for the incorporated area of the county is 14.80 and in the unincorporated area it is 13.31.

The proposed budget did not include a return to the previous value of the tax digest and used $691,165 from reserves to balance the budget.

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