Cities can hold SPLOST funds for indefinite period of time

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners held a brief called meeting Tuesday (June 26) to consider a request by the City of Cleveland for an amendment to the 2020 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) intergovernmental agreement (IGA).

County Manager Michael Melton confirmed he received an email from Cleveland City Manager Tom O’Bryant asking that the language in IGA be amended to allow the city an indefinite period of time in which to spend its share of the SPLOST proceeds.

Collections of the 2020 SPLOST will end in 2026. The state typically requires that municipalities spend the proceeds within five years after collections are terminated. Failing to do that, the city is required to return the unspent money to the county.

However, White County SPLOST and Project Manager Kevin Hamby said, “The state leaves these things up to an agreement between the county and cities.”

Commissioners unanimously agreed to the amended IGA which allows both Cleveland and Helen to keep the proceeds for an indefinite period, but both are still required to spend the money only on SPLOST-approved projects.

The Board also unanimously approved the reappointment of Bill Black as the private sector representative on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

Commissioners also approve the distribution of local victim assistance payout (LVAP) funds which recognizes a new fund recipient, South Enotah Child Advocacy Center.

 

 

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Commissioners schedule called meeting Jan. 2 

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mauney Building, 1235 Helen Highway, to consider rezoning a parcel of land on Highway 254 and accepting appointments to the county’s building authority and development authority.

Tim Motes has asked to rezone 5.51 acres at 3778 Highway 254 from R1 Single Family District to C2 Highway Business District. He is also asking for a conditional-use permit to hold special events.

Commissioners will also discuss a three-year appointment to the White County Building Authority as well as an appointment to fill the remainder of an unexpired term through June 3, 2018, on the White County Development Authority.

Because 2018 is an election year, commissioners will also consider setting qualifying fees for candidates for county offices.

Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Manager Kevin Hamby will present the monthly SPLOST report, and interim Finance Director Jodi Ligon will present the monthly financial status report.

 

 

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BOC Tables Requests for More Funding

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners tabled requests for funding from Hardman Farm for the 2017 Fall Festival and the Chamber of Commerce for Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival at Monday’s joint called meeting and work session.

The county recently voted not to increase the millage rate, but instead draw down the reserve fund to help balance the budget so they were reluctant to approve additional funding until the tax digest has been reported later this month.

The board did agree to purchase a new mower for the Parks and Recreation Department for $12,294 which will be paid for out of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax receipts and a new Ford F-150 pickup truck for Animal Control for about $22,000 which was already included in the budget.

Finance Director Vicki Mays provided the monthly financial report which showed year-to-date revenue of $15,471,758 and expenditures of $15,548,338. The 2017 General Fund budget was set at $16,299,730.

Kevin Hamby presented a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) update.

“I have some real good news,” Hamby said. “Folks are spending money up here. There is no question about that.”

In June, the county reported more than $300,000 in SPLOST collections. The current SPLOST was projected to raise approximately $19 million and less than halfway through, the county has already collected $9, 727,213.

Sheriff Neal Walden took time to congratulate the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) which conducted a raid last week that dismantled a major drug trafficking organization operating primarily out of Stephens and Habersham counties but supplying drugs to a much wider section of north Georgia including White County.

“The drug task force took a bite out of the drug trade in northeast Georgia over the weekend,” Walden said. “That was about a 6-8 months investigation. They did a good job taking a lot of drugs, guns and money off the street. It didn’t show any stats in White County but trust me, for these dealers here it’s just a hop skip and jump over to Habersham and Stephens counties. That’s where they’re going to get most of it.”

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BOC Called Meeting and Work Session Scheduled Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Manager Kevin Hamby will provide a SPLOST update and Finance Director Vickie Mays will present the monthly financial status report when the White County Board of Commissioners hold a work session and called meeting Monday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Commissioners will consider several funding requests, including one from the Friends of Hardman Farm to support the 2017 Fall Celebration and another from the White County Chamber of Commerce for the Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival.

 

The board will also consider requests from Parks and Recreation for money to purchase a new mower and equipment and from Animal Control to repair or replace the department’s vehicles.

There will also be a discussion about the status of the Yonah Preserve Project.

 

Public hearings on the millage rate are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 6 p.m on Thursday, August 3.

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