SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017 AT 2:00 PM
PRESENT: Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4
Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1
Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Manager
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Dhwani Patel, Deputy County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:
1. Tax Allocation District Presentation
Ken Bleakly, with the Bleakly Advisory Group, on behalf of the City of Brunswick gave a presentation on the Tax Allocation District (TAD). Cities and counties have the ability to create Tax Allocation Districts as a result of Georgia’s Redevelopment Powers Law and over 70 cities and counties have obtained voter approval to create TADs in Georgia. This includes Brunswick voters, by referendum, who agreed to give City the ability to use TADs. TADs work by having future property taxes from new development and future growth pay off TAD bonds and loans. Participation by Glynn County would pledge the growth in property taxes in the TAD to the TAD Fund. All current taxes collected by Glynn County would continue to go to the County.
The City of Brunswick’s Tax Digest declined dramatically during the Great Recession and has not recovered in the years since. By 2012 the Tax Digest of the City was down almost $100 million from its peak in 2008—(-24%). The creation of Tax Allocation District #1 is designed to stimulate redevelopment and growth in the city, and expand the Tax Digest for city, county, and schools.
The creation of the TAD will allow the City of Brunswick to invest in future redevelopment projects. While the specific allocation of TAD funds will be made at the time specific projects are proposed for funding and approved by City Commission, TAD funds could be used for such purposes as, transportation and mobility improvements, site specific development activities, infrastructure improvements, public space enhancements, lighting, landscaping, and other redevelopment initiatives.
Mr. Bleakly stated that if Glynn County participates in TAD, the projected taxable value of the TAD could increase by $63.4 million. Glynn County would continue to receive the $212,000 property taxes it now receives from TAD #1 for the life of the TAD. As a result of redevelopment, Glynn County property taxes would grow from $212,000 to $892,000 annually, once any TAD obligations are paid. In addition, Glynn County would receive any increase personal property taxes from new development as they occur. Any LOST and SPLOST revenue generated by new retail activity in the TAD would go to Glynn County as they occur. Participation by the Glynn County Schools in the TAD #1 would have a substantial net positive impact on the County and the City of Brunswick by making the city a better place to live, work and invest and increasing its contribution to the tax base. The TAD could be in effect for 25 years but has the ability to sunset at any time.
The Board advised staff to proceed with the proper documentation needed to show interest in the TAD program.
2. United Way (Rich Seban)
Rich Seban, Chairman of the Board for United Way, presented information regarding the need for United Way in Glynn County. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way’s strategy is to become an acknowledged expert for achieving positive impact in areas identified as critical for Coastal Georgia. Their goals are to commit and implement a single business model that drives impact and increases revenue, to increase awareness of United Way’s 211 so the community will know how to gain access to agencies and services, and to revitalize the Volunteer Center to help connect people and agencies to optimize volunteer support.
United Way seeks to reduce the number of 16 to 24 year olds that are neither in school nor employed by developing a comprehensive collaborative plan with those agencies that provide a foundation for workforce development from cradle to career by providing funding and support. It also aims to adequately prepare the residents of our community for the workforce by providing the resources necessary to support them and their families. Their third objective is to increase the number of 16 to 24 year olds that are either employed or in school to develop a more productive and safer community.
3. Overview of services provided by CRC (Allen Burns)
Allen Burns outlined the services provided by the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) in Glynn County. Some of these services include funding the senior centers, providing approximately 12,000 Meals on Wheels, and providing assistance via in home services. CRC also makes 130,000 trips with 65 buses in the region. There are 6 buses that are used in Glynn County and 14% of their trips occur within Glynn County, with the county investing about $25,000 in the program per year.
4. Citizens Survey (Mary Eleanor Wickersham)
Mary Eleanor Wickersham, with Wickersham Consulting, LLC presented a draft Citizens Survey to the Board. The Strategic Plan adopted by the Board of Commissioners on March 2, 2017, outlined a goal to conduct a Citizens Survey. Due to the rising cost of a mailed survey, this one would be conducted primarily through a link distributed through social media, e-mails, and regular media channels. Paper copies could also be available to individuals who do not have access to the internet. The survey would be conducted via quota sampling which is a form of stratified sampling in which the goal is to obtain a representative sample of the population, both demographic and geographic. The survey would be confidential.
5. Next Door Presentation
Kathryn Downs, Management Analyst and Communications Manager for Glynn County, provided a brief background and insight into the Nextdoor Social Media app. She recommended utilizing the social media app as another tool to reach out to citizens to disseminate pertinent information.
6. Sale of Alcohol on Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
Aaron Mumford, Glynn County Attorney, reported that currently restaurants and hotels are able to sell alcohol on Sunday, which New Years Eve falls on this year; however bars in Glynn County will not be able to sell alcohol on New Year’s Eve as the ordinance is currently written. Staff was advised to draft an ordinance amendment that would allow bars in Glynn County to sell alcohol on New Year’s Eve if it falls on a Sunday and bring to the Board for approval on a future meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to add an item to the published agenda to consider discussion of the resolution the SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee adopted at their last special called meeting held on November 20, 2017. The motion carried 6-0 with Commissioner Coleman out of the room at the time of the vote.
7. SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee Resolution #R-01-17
The sentiment of the Board of Commissioners was to thank the committee for their recommendation however they did not wish to conduct a traffic study at this present time.
EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:34.
Bill Brunson, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, Deputy Clerk