Divided BOCC approves millage, tax increase

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

The gas tax died by deadline and the increase to the bed tax was found to not be the panacea for assisting the sheriff’s budget as it was proposed.

“We are very restricted on how we could use those funds,” said Sheriff Mike Harrison.

Mandatory garbage pickup was kicked down the road by commissioners who set a referendum for November 2014 to consider a sales tax to fund mandatory garbage.

“These are no-brainers to me,” Hardman said of the measures discussed and not implemented.

She said she found “some bacon” but not “a lot of fat” in the budget but noted a reserve balance of nearly $5 million.

“I find that incompetent” that commissioners did not do more to ease the burden on property taxpayers, Hardman added. “You need to spread the cost of operating the county to those who use it and can afford it. You are going to have the exact same problems next year.”

The budget vote had urgency as last week was the final budget hearing and commissioners had to gavel the meeting with a budget formalized.

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