16-17 Tax Rate set

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A Special Called meeting of he full Board of County Commissioners was held Monday night to approve the 2016-17 County Budget and the Tax Rate.
The outside rate was presented at the same rate as it was in 2015-16, meaning no tax increase. The inside rate was also remains the same at 2.864.
With only 9 of 14 commissioners being able to attend the meeting, there was little discussion before the roll call vote on the tax rate was conducted. The vote was 9-0 (all votes still required 8 yes votes to pass).
They then voted on the 2016-17 Budget as presented. That vote was 8-1, with Commissioner Sam Lyles casting the 'no' vote.
Some discussion then took place concerning how the future needs of the county would be addressed. The concern was raised because the budget was held in check by taking projects out of next year's capital funds calendar and pushed back. They also decided to give county employees a small one-time bonus instead of a pay raise. To keep the tax rate the same, the amount going into Capital Funds was reduced to .026.
Before adjourning the meeting, County Attorney John Beaty asked that the commissioners vote to put the Budget documents to record. This motion was made and passed by a 9-0 vote.
The board will next meet in committees on Monday, August 1st, starting at 6 p.m.

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