"We are about five months into it, they have collected for September through January," Oakley told the
"It will probably end up costing the county more money to do it this way," he added. Counties throughout the state had been aware that that the new process of collecting vehicle taxes would include higher fees, but had hoped that increases in the number of tax bills would offset or even surpass those costs.
"From what I am seeing, the county commissioners may want to talk to the legislators a bit about this," said Oakley, adding that after several months of collections he did not feel the increased collections would offset the the entire cost."
"That is surprising and a little bit of a concern," said Commissioner
But, short of getting the state to reduce its fees for the service, there is little the board can do.
"The bottom line is we have no choice," said Board Chairman
NCFast issues resolved for now
The federal government had threatened to withhold administrative funding for the food stamp program, a move that could have cost the county thousands of dollars, if the outstanding claims through out the state had not been resolved by Monday.
"I cannot tell you how proud I am of the people I work with on a daily basis," said Elmes. "We have a long way to go, but we are right where we need to be with food and nutrition."
She said her staff worked over 250 hours of overtime in order to meet the deadline.
Several commissioners commended her for her efforts, noting that the delinquency in processing the claims was a result of the state run NCFast program and not a result of lack of effort or knowledge from county staff.
"Hopefully this week we will hire the six temporary employees," added Elmes. Last month the Commissioners approved the part time positions to aid the department in converting
Little news on Sertoma
Commissioner Walker said he hoped the board was still working on the
"I am being asked questions by folks about how that looks like it is headed," he said. "Hopefully we are making some progress with that. Last i heard there were over 850 folks who had expressed hope for saving Sertoma, and they have literally hundreds of people who have offered to donate time and money to help keep the camp in place."
"That is the process," he said. "It is open ended.
"I also asked to have them draw the pictures with a metal roof since shingles were selected earlier without the Board having seen any renderings showing what the metal roof would look like," said Morris, adding that while a metal roof was more expensive initially, it was more economical in the long run due to decreased maintenance and better insurance rates.
Several of the commissioners said they really liked the metal roof, but Lankford said the shingles originally planned for the roof would have a 40-year lifespan and expressed concern over whether the A-frame would have the same angle on both sides of the roof.
"Now they are coming back saying we are going to have a slope that is not equal on both sides," he said. "I am not happy with it at all."
Booth said he though the drawings showed a 3/12 pitch on both sides of the A-frame, but Lankford insisted that he needed clarification from the architects and said he would contact them prior to the next commissioners' meeting.
"I would like to have the architect here," said Walker, noting that the answers Lankford may get privately may spur additional questions from other commissioners. "We do not need to prolong this thing."
Booth instructed Morris to have the architect present to answer any final questions at the next meeting.
"They are trying to get money to do some refinancing and to fund improvements and equipment," said Browder. "These are tax exempt bonds and the jurisdiction in which each facility is located has to approve the bonds. There is no liability for the county in doing this. It is just something required by the tax code."
Commissioners unanimously agreed to set a public hearing for
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