County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.

Archibald’s clerk, Jamie Filis, has been in her office 12 years and only receives the cost-of-living raise and has not moved up a pay grade. The county’s pay grade system has been a source of contention for several years among elected officials.

Archibald told commissioners she would be back next year to ask for Filis a raise again.

“I wish we could figure out a way to increase the salary next year,” said Pct. 3 Commissioner Mike Daniels.

County Treasurer Jeannie Keeney suggested setting salaries per position “so you don’t have eight dispatch all making different amounts, or eight jailers, or whatever.”

Commissioners agreed to give Dew VFD $6,500 to repair two trucks after Carl Clark reported no money to fix the vehicles.

“We have three trucks down, but I’m not worried about one of them,” said Clark.

Engine 52 – the grass truck – will not start and the pump engine is blown. Engine 56 will not hold water because the seal is broken, which will cost $1,100 to fix.

Dew VFD made 200 calls so far this year – up 25


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