Board’s financial report is good news


WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Finance Director Jodi Ligon presented the monthly financial report at Monday’s Board Commissioners meeting and as Commission Chairman Travis Turner, noted, “Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on revenue, it’s not as bad as we thought.”

Ligon informed the Board that through the month of April, the county has collected 84 percent of budgeted revenue for the year and exhausted only 79 percent of budgeted expenditures.

One highlight of Ligon’s report is that TAVT has produced $1,231,247. That is a whopping 121 percent of the amount budgeted for 2020.

The Local Option Sales Tax revenue for the month of April was $228,103, which is about 3 percent less than April 2019, but it brings the year-to-date total to $2,519,163 or approximately 95 percent of the budgeted amount.

Now comes the difficult task of adopting the proposed FY 2020-21 budget of $24,156,352. A public hearing is set June 8 at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

There was also a discussion about opening the public swimming pool.

Turner said, “It’s not looking favorable. It’s not that we couldn’t open it by the way. One challenge we have is certified life guards.”

The Board’s new County Manager Jason Cobb explained, “The Red Cross has suspended their lifeguard training up until as late as last week. So, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place there.”

Commissioners approved several land use applications for short term rentals. The application of Braden Hansen for a conditional use permit at 35 Allen Summit Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program was denied, primarily of an existing road maintenance agreement in that neighborhood.


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