Divided BOCC approves millage, tax increase

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

During an extended recess McDaniel thought he had brokered a deal by which the BOCC would dip into reserves, not purchase an excavator for Public Works and make other smaller cuts to arrive at a tax increase in the neighborhood of $100,000 or less.

One by one commissioners, save Bryan, went into a back room with staff to discuss the parameters but as commissioners gathered back together, after nearly 40 minutes, Butler entered the meeting room with a phone.

He said county attorney Jeremy Novak, also connected by phone, indicated that if Yeager was linked by audio and video to the meeting, he could vote.

“I felt blindsided,” McDaniel said later.

Yeager, not present during any of the nearly three hours of discussion, cast the vote to approve the budget with tax increase.

“We’ve got to show some leadership,” Yeager said. “We have to move forward with the county’s business. This is a tough call. At the end of the day we are going to have to address a lot of this next year.”

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