By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
The Winston County Board of Supervisors held millage at the same rate of 40 mills and approved its annual budget.
The budget aims to collect $11,563,492 in revenue with $3,977,000 of that revenue coming from ad valorem taxes. County property owners should see no tax increase unless an increase in property value since the millage remained unchanged. The budget for the county had some cuts and increased the sheriff’s department budget.
In other business, the supervisors: • Approved hiring former Tax Assessor Brenda Miles as a part-time financial advisor at $100 per month and all health insurance premiums. • Approved the state aid projects from Jan 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015 which includes Blufff Lake Road and Indian Springs Road. • Approved public notice of an auction of obsolete equipment along with deletions and transfers of inventory items in the county. • Approved the purchase of radios for Winston County Sheriff’s Department. • Heard from FoodCorps Project. See article FoodCorps Project in today’s edition. • Approved payment for attorney work on the county right of ways for Bluff Lake Road. • Approved a workshop attendance on county government for Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed. • Approved temporary court reporter. • Approved additions and deletions to solid waste billing. • Approved transferring HAVA funds to new account as required by federal election rules. • Approved resolution to adopt guidelines for DUI grant in the amount of $34,492. • Approved purchase of emergency tools for EMA. • Approved software in Tax Assessor’s office to check solid waste accounts. • Approved District one to purchase a Mack Truck in the amount of $124,638.32. • Approved contract with Data Systems for computer system management. • Approved $12,093 payment for District II building. • Discussed with EMA director Buddy King Hazard mitigation plan program from FEMA. The plan is a requirement to apply for any federal grants. According to Buddy King, it could cost the county about $2,000. • Discussed revenues and expenditures at the correctional facility. Warden Tim Plamer indicated that revenues had outpaced expenditures.
The next regular meeting of the supervisors is Sept. 17 at 9 a.m.