Commissioner Tom Hatmaker called County Mayor William Baird’s leadership into question Monday night. As the commission discussed appointments to the industrial committee and planning commission, Hatmaker requested to be added to the emergency medical service committee and the environmental committee.
“I participate in the meetings, I just don’t have a vote,” Hatmaker said. “This just gives me a vote.”
“This puts two people from the same district in it,” Commissioner Bobby White said.
In response to White, Hatmaker pointed out there weren’t any commissioners giving input on the planning commission.
While Hatmaker’s request was being discussed, Baird called for a vote on the motion to approve the committee appointments.
“Is that with the additions?” Hatmaker asked.
No, Baird said.
“We’re voting,” he said.
“That’s a fine example of leadership mayor,” Hatmaker said.
The commission approved appointing Danny Coleman and Ray Heatherly to the planning commission and Allen McClary, Bill Snodgrass, Glen Massengill, Mark Bowlin and Michael Malicote to the industrial board with 12 yes votes. Commissioner Beverly Hall voted no. Commissioners Bob Walden and Steve Rutherford were absent.
“If you want to be added to it now, that’s fine,” White said after the commission approved the appointments.
Hatmaker made a motion to add himself to the environmental committee and the EMS committee. Hall seconded the motion.
“He is always there,” she said.
“Mr. Coker, is there anything improper about adding an additional member to one of the committees?” Commissioner David Adkins asked.
The internal advisory committees, as opposed to the statutory committees, can be governed how the commission sees fit, Coker said.
“Over 15 is too (many),” White joked.
Hatmaker’s motion passed with 11 yes votes. Commissioners J. L. Davis and Alvin Evans voted no.
Sales Tax Referendum
The commission has passed a resolution to put a local option sales tax increase on the ballot in the November election. The increase would raise sales tax rate from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent. The intent behind the proposed increase is to generate funds for road repairs. Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow estimated this resolution, if it passes, would increase the revenue generated by the local option sales tax from $7,055,472 to $8,623,355.
State law requires half of the revenue generated by local option sales taxes go to the school system. If the local sales tax increase passes, $4,311,678 would be allocated to the school system, $3,769,052 would go to local municipalities, $443,966 would be allocable by the county commission and $98,659 would be appropriated to road improvements, Marlow said.
Because the commission’s intent in putting a sales tax increase referendum on the November ballot is to generate fund for road improvements, and state law requires most of it be used in other ways, an equivalent amount of money must be appropriated to improving the roads from elsewhere.
“We must replace those funds with a different fund the commission can (otherwise) redirect,” Marlow said. “Minus action on a resolution at this time, the commission could not say in good faith to the public moneys from this tax would go to (improving the roads).”
Currently 100 percent of the wheel tax is appropriated to the school system. Last year, the wheel tax generated about $1.5 million in revenue.
Marlow suggested passing a resolution that would redirect 50 percent of the wheel tax, should voters decide on the sales tax increase in November, to improving the roads.
“If the sales tax increase is approved, 50 percent of the wheel tax will be redirected to the highway department,” Baird said.
Commissioner Rusty Orick made a motion to approve the resolution to redirect 50 percent of the wheel tax. Commissioner Marie Ayers seconded the motion. The resolution was approved with 12 yes votes. Hatmaker voted no.
The commission approved accepting a $22,317 bid from Rainbow Ford to purchase a new truck. To pay for the truck, the animal control program will place a dump truck and current animal control vehicle in the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department’s auction this fall. Marlow estimated this would generate about $3,000 of revenue. The animal control program also intends to use money generated from its spay and neuter program to pay for the vehicle, which generates about $11,000. There was already $8,500 in the budget.
ITC Imaging Technology Consulting, Inc.
White made a motion not to approve the contract with ITC Imaging Technology Consulting. Larry Sharp gave a presentation to the commission at its workshop on Sept. 10. He explained how ITC Imaging Technology Consulting, Inc. uses software to help businesses and municipal governments maintain paperless documents. This helps save time and money, Sharp said.
The commission must approve leases before departments can participate in such programs.
“The reason I make this motion is because I don’t feel like this commission knows enough about this,” White said. “I don’t feel like buying a horse without riding it first.”
White mentioned he wanted the commission to be involved with a workshop to better understand what the company has to offer.
White’s motion passed with 13 yes votes.
While the commission will hold its next workshop on Oct. 8, the commission rescheduled the meeting for Oct. 22. This is because school board is meeting Oct. 16, and Baird will be out of town. The commission voted to meet a week later.