During the work session several budget issues were discussed. Sheriff Chuck Phillips appeared before the Commission to make requests for departmental needs which included the jail, vehicles, computers, maintenance and staff needs. The work session agenda is posted below.
On May 5, 2011 I submitted a request to the County Commission to view the financial records of the commission, this request was placed in writing and submitted to the commission. Reference this blog posting: http://arklite.blogspot.com/2011/05/continuing-deceitful-actions-of-jackson.html On May 23, 2011 the Jackson County Commission voted to post the county financial information on the bulletin board by the main entrance, blog posting and news links concerning this issue. http://arklite.blogspot.com/2011/05/continuing-deceitful-actions-of-jackson.html
On June 13, 2011 the commission released a partial disclosure as a result of my request which was posted within this blog. http://arklite.blogspot.com/2011/06/jackson-county-commission-meeting.html This disclosure revealed the commissions balance and budget shortfalls due to the ongoing TVA in lieu of tax issue with the Jackson County Legislative Delegation which has since been resolved.
The county commissions financial records are now posted on the commissions bulletin board after 3 months of procrastination by the commission's administrative office. It became apparent that the administrative office within the commission was not going to take any action on this issue. I discussed this issue with Mr. Stone and Mr. Allen, I was asked to give them time to resolve the matter which has now been resolved.
Regular commission meeting agenda...
The big news item was the sale of the county surplus property across the road from the old Marvin's Lumber store and adjacent to the county annex building. This property sale was approved via sealed bid for $64065.00.
Mr. John Porter, County Attorney, announced the case between the County Commission and the Legislative Delegation was settled with the judge signing the agreement concerning the TVA in lieu of tax issue.
County employee issue in the making?
Some county employees have expressed a concern over the recent 5% pay increase given to the commission's administrative staff to cover the additional work involved with the county park's administrative duties. The 5% pay increase was approved at the August 8, 2011 commission meeting. The 5% increase for the administrative staff is funded from county park income.
I contacted Ms. Sadie Bias, Chairperson of the Jackson County Commission, concerning this issue, she stated no county employee has discussed their concern related to this issue directly with her.