County Administrator Mike Underwood started the July 1 meeting with a presentation that shows the county’s property tax digest was at $761 million in 2009 and has fallen to $702 million in 2012. He said the $59 million decrease results in a reduction of $600,000 in the county’s revenue from property taxes.
“Eighty-five percent of the county’s revenues come from property taxes,” the administrator said.
The problem before the Board of Commissioners is, while revenues are down, every department asked for more money. Animal control needs another part-time officer, and Emergency Management Director Don Graham asked for another full-time firefighter stationed in Gray who would cover the areas of Haddock, Highway 129, and Greene Settlement Road.
The department’s other need is for new turnout gear for the volunteer firefighters. The last time turnout gear was purchased was in 2004.
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