AGENDA and MINUTES

CALLED MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1995, AT 11:00 A.M.





PRESENT: Jack Hardman, Chairman

Milton Lynn, Vice Chairman

Commissioner, Virginia Gunn

Commissioner, Gladys Martin-Lyde

Commissioner, James E. "Sonny" Miller

Commissioner, Robert E. Strickland

Commissioner, Fred Tullos



ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk



STAFF PRESENT: Charles Lewis

Florence Dees

Cynthia Williams



INVOCATION by Milton Lynn



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



PROCLAMATIONS



Proclamation declaring October 1995 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to adopt, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



GENERAL BUSINESS



Establish the Operating Millage Rates for Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the Glynn County Board of Education.



Mr. Gilmour provided the Commissioners with a comparison of the 1994 Millage to the 1995 Millage as follows:

1994 1995

Board of Commissioners

General Fund (M&O Net) 8.19 mills 7.52 mills

Sanitation Service District .78 mills .78 mills

Fire Service District 1.51 mills 1.51 mills

Sea Island Police Service District .68 mills .68 mills

Subtotal 11.16 mills 10.49 mills



Board of Education

General Fund (M&O) 18.18 mills 17.29 mills

Bond .08 mills .17 mills

Subtotal 18.26 mills 17.46 mills

TOTAL 29.42 mills 27.95 mills



Mr. Gilmour stated that we have received confirmation from the School Board that those were the millage rates they set at their meeting earlier this morning. Copy of letter attached. Mr. Gilmour said that it would be his recommendation that the Board adopt both the Board of Education's and the Board of Commissioner's millage rates as set forth above.



Commissioner Strickland said there was one point he would like to bring out as a matter of information. Commissioner Strickland said he had a copy of the June 14, 1994 Brunswick News, in which it states the School Board Adopts '95 Budget in the amount of $58 million.



Commissioner Strickland said this year they came up with another $2 million more, and 86% of the $58 million was allotted for salaries. Last year their salaries increased 4-4.6%. This year they are looking for a 6% salary increase.



Commissioner Strickland stated he doesn't think this is quite in line with good government because the money is coming from our taxpayers' pocket. This year they have decreased it a little and I feel like it should have been a little bit more and they should have tightened their belts a little bit more and we could have had a lower millage rate for the School Board. I have a problem with it, per se.



Commissioner Strickland said if you look at it, the City of Brunswick for 1986-1987, they had a M&O of 9.20%-11.55%. The Board of Education in '86-'87 had 13.50%-18.18%. The County for the same time had 7.13%-5.52%. The Glynn County government's part of it is 29% of the money coming out of taxpayers' pockets, and the School Board is getting 71% of what's coming out of the taxpayers' pocket. You're talking about a lot more money coming from the pockets of our taxpayers going to the School Board and the School Board is using 86% of that for salaries of their people. If the State is going to mandate these salary increases, then the School Board should go back to the State to get help funding these increases. Mandates should be helped on both the State and Federal levels.



Commissioner Strickland stated that over the last two years, the School Board employees have received a total of 10% in salary increases, 4% one year and 6% the following. Let's take a look at what our County employees have received. Last year they received approximately a 3% increase, and this year it's going to be around 2.5%. That's a total of 5.5%. I have a problem with that for our own County employees. With the School Board taking 71% of our taxpayers money, it's taking a good hard lick at our County employees.



Commissioner Strickland said that one of the problems is that this newspaper is dated June 14, 1994. We didn't have our first budget meeting this year until June 15th. Last year everything was in order and we got it processed a lot quicker. By law we're supposed to have something from the Tax Assessor's office by June 1st. We did not have that and here we are having a called meeting today. We have some major problems we need to look at. One of our problems is the time table with the Tax Assessors office this year, and that goes along with what I'm saying about the School Board. Commissioner Strickland stated he just wanted to say this before we vote to set the millage.



Commissioner Tullos said he wanted to bring up the point that the digest and millage we're going to set is probably going to generate a little less revenue than what was budgeted this year and as we come up down the road with expenditures, he wants everyone to be aware of this.



Commissioner Lynn said he wanted make clear that what is set today is only temporary and is subject to change after the appeals have been processed.



Chairman Hardman stated that we certainly hope that the millage will go down. Mr. Hardman said that year-to-date we're operating in the black and he was proud of our County employees for doing that. He also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Florence Dees for all her hard work and dedication.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to approve.



Commissioner Miller stated that he didn't like the fact that this was a temporary millage and there was a possibility it could go higher. He said if it was set at 7.52 today, there is no way he could vote to raise it later on.



Commissioner Strickland said he would like to see the motion amended to state we would not exceed the 7.52 set as the temporary figure.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to approve the 7.52 millage, and that after the appeals are settled, the final millage will not exceed that figure. Unanimous.

Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Lyde, to approve the School Board's millage rate. Motion passed 6/1, with Commissioner Strickland voting against.



The following resolutions were adopted:



BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA

Resolution #R-44-95

Reading & Adoption 10-16-95



At the called meeting of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, held in the Historic

Courthouse, 701 "G" Street, Brunswick, Georgia.



Present: Jack Hardman, Chairman Commissioner Gladys Martin-Lyde

Milton Lynn, Vice Chairman Commissioner Virginia Gunn

Commissioner Robert E. Strickland Commissioner James E. "Sonny" Miller

Commissioner Fred Tullos



On a motion by Commissioner Lyde, seconded by Commissioner Miller, which the

following resolution was unanimously carried.



A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE TEMPORARY 1995 AD VALOREM TAX MILLAGE FOR THE GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners requires operating funds to fulfill

its legally mandated functions; and



WHEREAS, the County has advertised its proposed millage per O.C.G.A. 48-5-32; and



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Superior Court in its Civil Action No. 95-01302 dated

10/2/95 permitted the County to bill the tax payers based on the proposed 1995 tax digest;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners,

acting in this capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners ad valorem tax millage for this temporary billing are as follows:



1. General Maintenance and Operating

a. Unincorporated

Gross Millage 11.56 mills

Less LOST Rollback (4.04) mills

Net Millage 7.52 mills

b. Incorporated

Gross Millage 11.56 mills

Less LOST Rollback (4.04) mills

Net Millage 7.52 mills



c. Jekyll Island (Tax District No. 6)

Net Millage 7.52 mills

Less Insurance premium

for rollback (.94) mills

Net Adjusted Millage 6.58 mills



2. Fire Protection

a. Tax District Number 2

Gross Millage .74 mills

Less Insurance premium

tax rollback (.74) mills

Net Adjusted Millage 0.00 mills



b. Tax Districts 3, 4 and 5

Gross Millage 2.25 mills

Less Insurance premium

tax rollback (.74) mills

Net Adjusted Millage 1.51 mills



3. Urban Services (Sanitation Collection)

Gross Millage 1.02 mills

Less Insurance premium

tax rollback (.24) mills

Net Adjusted Millage .78 mills



4. Sea Island Special Police District

Gross Millage .68 mills

Net Millage .68 mills

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that when the 1995 tax digest is approved by the State

of Georgia Commissioner of Revenue the final millage rate for the Board of Commissioners will not exceed the net rates as provided in this resolution.



BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA



Resolution #R-45-95

Reading & Adoption 10-16-95



At the called meeting of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, held in the Historic Courthouse, 701 "G" Street, Brunswick, Georgia.



Present: Jack Hardman, Chairman

Milton Lynn, Vice Chairman

Commissioner Virginia Gunn

Commissioner Gladys Martin-Lyde

Commissioner James E. "Sonny" Miller

Commissioner Robert E. Strickland

Commissioner Fred Tullos



On a motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Lyde, which the

following resolution was adopted 6 to 1 with Commissioner Strickland opposed. .

A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING AND ESTABLISHING

THE TEMPORARY 1995 AD VALOREM TAX MILLAGE

FOR THE GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Education requires operating funds to fulfill its legally mandated functions; and



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Schools has advertised its proposed millage per O.C.G.A. 48-5-32; and



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Superior Court in its Civil Action No. 95-01302 dated 10/2/95 permitted the Glynn County Board of Commissioners to bill the taxpayers based on the proposed 1995 tax digest; and



WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Education met in a called meeting on 10/16/95 and established the millage it needs for 1995.



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners,

acting in its capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, that the ad valorem tax millage for the Glynn County Board of Education is established at



Maintenance & Operation (M & O) 17.29 mills

Bond Retirement (Debt Service) .17 mills

TOTAL 17.46 mills





BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA





Commissioner Tullos said that it is no secret that the Board of Commissioner has gone through quite a bit of consternation with aggravated taxpayers. The biggest problem is because the digest is so fowled up, was not turned in on time, and there are many more examples to choose from, and I would like to make a motion to respectfully request the resignation of all the Board of Assessors. Commissioner Strickland said he would second the motion.



Commissioner Lynn said he would like to amend the motion to include the Chief Appraiser as well.



Discussion ensued, with Chairman Hardman stating that as a matter of information, the Board of Commissioners sent a letter to the Board of Assessors about 5 or 6 weeks ago, and to date have not received the courtesy of a reply.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, that we respectfully request the resignation of the entire Board of Assessors, including the Chief Appraiser. Motion passed 4/3, with Commissioners Miller, Gunn, and Lyde voting against.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Lynn, to adjourn. Unanimous.