BOC holds first reading of fiscal year 2018-19 budget


CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Manager Michael Melton presented the proposed $23.7 million fiscal year 2018-19 budget to the Board of Commissioners Monday. The first reading was approved without any objection from the public.

Commissioners will vote to adopt the budget Monday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Commissioners approved a request by Donald E. Almand to redistrict 2.806 acres of land from C-1 (Community Commercial District to C-2 (Highway Business District) for the purpose of construction of a mechanics garage with the entrance in Hwy. 115 East.

County officials estimated the damage to the county’s roads during the recent flash flooding at $201,085. One of the worst hit was Carolina Springs Road, a road that had just been paved. It was completely washed away. Damage to that road alone is estimated at $77,385. Commissioners agreed to let Square Deal Construction, the same company that just paved the road, to do the repair work.

Commissioners will apply for a local maintenance improvement grant (LMIG) to cover the cost. If an LMIG can’t be obtained, the repair work will be performed with funding from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

Commissioners also formally approved the intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Cleveland and Helen that will award the county a 60-percent share of SPLOST proceeds, while the cities of Helen and Cleveland will receive 20 percent each.

Commissioners also unanimously approved spending $7,000 for striping Asbestos Road.



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