The agenda was light this month. The same Budget Committee members were reappointed for another year. Members include Commissioner Mike Caylor, Sharon Hannum, Commissioner Mike Lewis, Mayor Ed Mitchell and Commissioner Jerome Moon. These are the same people who presented a “balanced” budget to the commission by upping the revenue projections for housing state inmates rather than reducing spending. The current budget is funded with a property tax rate that is 16% higher than it was two years ago and a local option sales tax that that is 22% higher than it was 2 years ago.
The commission got its first official meeting experience with the new IT system. The old system was much simpler to use. We’re told this will make it easier for the county to do business in the long run.
Information Technology (IT) Committee meeting
The IT Committee meeting was canceled. I still haven’t received the IT timeline that I asked for many months back.
The mayor has called a commission meeting to be held in the training room of the Highway Department at the Operations Center on February 6th at noon. The Highway Superintendent is requesting approval to spend $800,000 of fund balance for an “Emergency Purchase” of 4 equipment floats and 8 dump trucks.
The jail evaluations will meet in the commission room on February 23rd at 8:30 AM to interview the 3 architectural firms that were chosen based on scoring of written qualifications. These written qualifications and scores are currently secret due to a change in Tennessee purchasing law last year. The public will still not be able to comment on the firms. Purchasing Agent Katie Branham wrote of the interviews, “They are open to the public for observation only.”