Supervisors adopt 2021 budget

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Circuit Clerk, Kim Hood came to the Clay County Board of Supervisors to authorize and approve the contract with Robert Harrell Jr., to assist with programing the machines for the upcoming special election.
"Bob Harrell has agreed to do it for $750," Hood said. "This is for logistics and analysis to make sure they are programmed correctly for the election."
The CCBOS approved the contract with Robert Harrell Jr.
The Board of Supervisors authorized and approved the following:
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, for travel to Liberty University for Constitutional Law Training,
Travel for Mike Weaver, kitchen manager for the Detention Center to travel for food certification.
Payment of invoices to Tanner Construction for $160,304.84, and Calvert Spradling Engineers for $17,080.95, for the Cane Creek Bridge ERBR Project.
The CCBOS tabled the discussion about bids for the new garbage truck to allow Clay County Attorney, Angela Ford to make sure the contract was in order.
Chancery Clerk, Amy Berry made the motion to begin the budget hearing for the year ending 09/30/2021.
"This year was reappraisal for the county," Berry said. "This is typically every four years. Normally we see an increase in assessed value. In 2016 the total assessed value went from 140,653013, to 185,816,016. An increase of 32 percent. Last year our value was 212,205,068 and this year is 213,565,872. With a 1 percent increase. So we didn't see the growth that we have been used to."
During reappraisal years there is a more in depth look into the logistics. The growth was not in the REAL and personal property in the county, but in the public utilities and in the mobile home assessment categories.
Net assessed value that is used for ad valorem tax purposes is 139,912,754.
"We saw a needed 6 percent increase in Ad Valorem Revenues," Berry said. "And a 32 percent increase in other revenue, includes federal, state and local sources. We have several grants going on. And the funding is still going through. We may not see those monies until the month of October."
The budgeted expenditures for the upcoming year have increased from 10,872,001 for 2020 to 13,343,739 for 2021. These included an added $70,000 for group insurance, $30,000 for liability coverage, and $50,000 for the upcoming Presidential Election.
To the general fund a $262,363, increase.
In comparison to last year's budget, there was an increase of 15 percent in debt services payments, the primary increase was due to the Court Complex COP 2019 notes.
"I think that we all will agree that the Court Complex was a much needed asset for our county," Berry said. "And it helps to better facilitate the needs of the circuit court and to provide better security."
Luke Lummus agreed and said the needs of the county had outgrown the original courthouse. If people had to do business during court in the offices of the court house there was no room.
By the end of 2021 there is projected to be a surplus of $777,217. This is to be used for unforeseen expenditures, and to help the general fund. It is very important when heading into the final months of the year.
The budget does include a milage increase. A home valued at $150,00 will be a tax increase of approximately $35 to $40 on average.
The CCBOS went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter, no action was taken.
The board recessed until 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

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