Divided BOCC approves millage, tax increase

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

McDaniel, echoing Hardman, said he wanted to dip into reserves to close the tax increase margin, but found early resistance from McLemore and Bryan.

McDaniel and McLemore swapped figures, as if at a bargaining table, on how much would be palatable to take from reserves, but the numbers never narrowed sufficiently.

“I do not support going into reserves,” Bryan said. “I’m not in favor of a tax increase and I am not in favor of going into reserves.”

After the board took two recesses in an attempt to calm emotions and arrive at a solution, McLemore challenged the dissenters, Bryan and McDaniel, for places to further cut the budget.

Bryan said she had raised a number of issues, from considering the operational costs of a $1.2 million jail that was out of compliance with Model Jail Standards to mandatory garbage, and found herself roundly shut out by her fellow commissioners.

“I have been told not to even discuss them,” Bryan said. “I’ve discussed (these) many times and you have no interest in supporting (them).

“I am not in favor of raising taxes if we are not being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.”

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