Hart County Board of Commissioners met September 23rd, 2003 at for the FY'04 budget hearing in the HartCountyAdministrative & EmergencyServicesCenter.
Randy Banister presided with Commissioners R C Oglesby, Daniel Reyen, Ricky
Carter and Joey Dorsey in attendance.
Banister called the meeting to order and offered prayer.
Administrator Jon Caime gave an overview of the proposed FY'04 budget.
Banister opened the hearing up for input from the public.
representing Hart Partners, remarked that they need local support to
acquire grants for their programs. He reported that they received grants
funds of $256,000 during FY'03.
representing the Downtown Development Authority, remarked that the
county's support is vital for downtown economic health of the community.
representing the Downtown Development Authority, reported that the
authority was charted in 1985 and the county has supported their efforts
during the past six years. He said they needed $14,400 to continue work on
the downtown project.
representing the Downtown Development Authority, remarked that county
support is vital for downtown development.
Mary Alice Applegate,
representing the Downtown Development Authority, thanked the Board for
their support. She reported that since 1997 they have been reporting
statistics to the Georgia Main Street Program. She gave a summary of the
report which included net of all gains and losses in jobs, new businesses
and building improvements.
representing the NE Georgia Animal Shelter, reported that the shelter was
opened in 1998 and they have not had an increase since 1999. She said that
donations are down and they are running out of funds to operate the
representing the NE Georgia Animal Shelter, reported that they have taken
in 21,000 animals since the facility opened and they are cut to the bare
representing the NE Georgia Animal Shelter, reported that their funding
request per capita is much more in other counties and that the shelter is
open seven days a week.
representing the AdultLearningCenter, reported that they have helped a lot of people to further their
education. She remarked that better educated people attracts economic
representing the Hart County Property Owners Association, proposed an
additional cut in the Tax Assessors' computer system by going with the
state's Wingap program. He said there are currently 110 counties in the
state on the system at a cost of $1,000 per year.
reported Cott Systems, the current Tax Assessors' software vendor, has
sold their appraisal software to another firm and their annual support fee
representing Ninth District Opportunity, said she was shocked to hear
funding was eliminated from the proposed budget. She reported that the
agency does many services for the elderly and children. She asked the
Board to reconsider supporting Ninth District.
representing the Recreation Department, requesting overtime funds for the
park employees. He said they have 1,000 children involved in programs plus
350 adults involved in softball. He added that the county needs a first
rate Recreation program to attract industry.
commended the Board for their efforts in preparing the proposed budget and
added that there are many individuals unemployed in the county.
David Little, City
Councilman, asked the Board to reconsider contributions to the DDA and
Animal Shelter. Mr. Little requested the city's portion of the SPLOST
funds in 2004. He invited the Chairman to meet with the Mayor to work out
ways to consolidate services.
Oglesby entertained a motion to restore funding as follows:
Hart Partners $500.
Economic Development funds)
NE GA Animal2,500.
Dorsey provided a second to the motion.
public comment, Chairman Banister remarked that the Board would review the
request for funds at a later date.
Banister called for a vote. The vote failed 2-3 (Chairman Banister,
Commissioners Reyen and Carter opposed).