Hart County Board of Commissioners

Planning Meeting

August 29th, 2000


Chairman Moore called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. In attendance were: All BOC, County Administrator Gary Cobb, Bill Habel and various staff as detailed below. Purpose of today's meeting was:


1.                  Complete Budget Reviews with Department Heads & Agencies

2.                  Decide on personnel and capital requests

3.                  Review all General Fund Budgets for possible deduction or additions

4.                  Review all non-General Fund Budgets

5.                  Establish guidance for County Administrator to calculate trail millage rates


The amended agenda is attached.


Chamber of Commerce


Tinia Workman and Randy Daniel presented the Chamber's budget request. They discussed the Chamber's Community involvement especially in the area of economic development. Their total budget is $84,400. They requested $25,000 from the BOC.


General Government


Lawana Kahn and Gary Cobb presented the General Government Budget. As the budget was discussed, $500 was added to #45630, Community Development and $25,000 was cut from #45640, General Fund Contingency. While discussing audit fees, it was decided to add $2,500 to the Sheriff's budget for audit when the Sheriff's position changes January 1st, 2001.


Board of Commissioners


Budget reviewed by Lawana Kahn and Gary Cobb. School and travel are up due to the two new commissioners. There is a request for one full time and a part time Receptionist/Clerk for the BOC office. Duties and responsibly of these requested positions were discussed.


Public Works


Rick Haney presented the Public Works budget. $2,800 added to the County Administrator's recommendation for upgrades to the existing radio system. The Public Works Master Plan is being funded (by BOC action) in the FY'00 Budget.


Personnel Decisions


        Cut - deputy position

        Raise Fire Chief's Salary to $11,000 effective with FY'01 Salary Plan

        All other CA recommendations accepted (note that Commissioner Oglesby had to leave before this discussion)


Capital Decisions


        Cut BOC used car

        Cut new Ambulance

        Cut Maintenance Buildings but add $5,000 to Buildings & Grounds

        Add $2,800 for Communication in PW

        Moved $36,383 from General Fund Recreation to SPLOST funding

        Moved one Road Department pick-up truck to FY'00 Budget (No increase in funding)



Other Funds


The following funds were reviewed and discussed with changes as noted.



        10% Jail Surcharge

        Drug Abuse Treatment & Education


        Victim Assistance


        1% SPLOST


In addition to presenting and discussing the various sub-budgets of this fund a proposal by the CA was made on how to allocate the expected SPLOST funds received in excess of $8.5 million. Basically it was to divide the money between water ($1 million) and the new fire training facility ($156K). No agreement was reached pending discussion with all Commissioners present.




Based on the cuts made, the CA stated he believed the Gross Millage would be below the state mandated millage of 8.150 and therefore there would be no need of the required three public hearings on a "tax increase". The CA would perform the necessary calculations for the BOC review on August 30, 2000.


Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.




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Joel Moore, Chairman Gary S. Cobb, County Administrator