June 23, 2017
Comm. Bruce Henry has twice attempted to get the rest of the BOC to go along with him and start setting money aside for capital projects, such as roads and buildings. He has advocated using the estimated $500,000+ that will not be spent in the FY17 budget (ending 6/30/17) to start the capital projects fund.
Commissioner Henry Proposes Capital Projects Fund
Rhonda Blissett, the county finance officer, has discouraged Comm. Henry’s idea both times. She wants 50% of the budget or $5,000,000 in “reserves” before funding a capital projects fund.
Commissioners Salmon and Jernigan Volcalize Opposition to Comm Henry’s Capital Fund Proposal
Not only does Comm. Salmon want the 50% reserve to be funded, but he wants money set aside for debt service (debt is something this BOC has continued to increase) before funding a capital projects fund. Isn’t it funny how he was willing to use $200,000+ on renovating and staffing a fire station with 10 minutes discussion, but doesn’t want to start funding and planning for capital improvements?
All commissioners were against Comm. Henry’s plan, and wanted to meet the $5,000,000 goal set by Ms. Blissett before funding capital improvements. However, the BOC is considering floating a $7.5M bond to fund capital projects such as $3M for an Administrative building for the Sheriff, roads, and a $2.5M building for recreation.