STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF HENRY
The Henry County Board of Commissioners held a called public meeting at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, May 10, 2004, in the Community Room, County Administration Building, 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, Georgia. Notice of this meeting was posted in the foyer of the County Administration Building. The Daily Herald was notified of this meeting. Those present were:
Leland Maddox, Chairman, presiding
Lee Holman, Vice-Chairman/District V Commissioner
Warren E. Holder, District I Commissioner
Gary M. Freedman, District II Commissioner
Gerry Adams, District IV Commissioner
District III - vacant
Linda G. Angus, County Manager; Patrick Jaugstetter, County Attorney; Susan B. Craig, County Clerk; Rob Magnaghi, Deputy County Manager/Public Safety Director; Danny Taylor, Economic Division Director; and others.
Commissioner Holman made a motion to accept the agenda, with no amendments; Commissioner Freedman seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Commissioners Freedman, Holder, Adams and Holman in favor.
Commissioner Holder made a motion, on the issue before the Board today, in the appointment of the District III Commissioner Board appointee, to be tabled until next Monday’s workshop meeting and that, with your approval, that it be placed at the beginning of the agenda; Commissioner Adams seconded.
Commissioner Holder stated “there are several reasons I am asking for this. First of all, in Thursday’s meeting, and the crowd was larger than it is today, people wanted us to act expediently, but not at the risk of making the wrong decision. From the period of time Thursday until now, I have looked at the situation and, this is an opinion. Regardless of what candidate we appoint to this position, it’s not going to suit everybody. We all know that. And I would like to see us, if the law will allow, and we will know by Monday if that is the case, appoint, or either not make the appointment until the election on July 20th and let the people of District III decide who they want in that position. If the law will not allow that, then we won’t have an option but to make the appointment and I would certainly hope that that person that we appoint would be willing to resign as of the election on July 20th so that this person that will be newly elected can fill the unexpired term and then have some experience beginning January 1, 2005. Basically that’s the reason for my asking for it to be tabled.”
Commissioner Freedman stated “I think Mr. Holder’s right, that it takes time, this is a very serious decision. We heard from people here the other day that they are concerned about filling it on a timely basis. We’ve got budget hearings coming up. It’s probably important to have as many eyes looking at that budget because that’s going to guide us through millions and millions of dollars of expenditures and needs to have another set of eyes looking at that as the Third District representative in those deliberations because that affects every district as well as the County as a whole. I think it is important to have that other set of eyes on that budget. We’ve got meetings coming up; we have to have a budget in place by the end of May, or 1 June, so we don’t have time to delay the budget process unfortunately, because this was an untimely, unexpected happening to get that seat vacated. We’ve given deliberation. We’ve got three absolutely outstanding candidates to fill that position and they all ride high; very, very high. Three just outstanding people with experience, certainly the desire to serve the County. I don’t think we could do a whole lot better than those three. The hard choice would be to pick the best of the best. That’s a decision we’re going to have to make and live with. I just think that we should move on with that, we’ve seem their resumes, we know them, we’ve narrowed it down to three candidates. I just think it’s important to fill that seat and then I don’t know how practical it is to ask that person just to stay on until after the July 20 election. There may be a run off. We don’t know about that. Certainly we could ask that at the time, but I’m not sure that is practical, fair, legal or anything else to ask that person to step down at that point, but it certainly is an intriguing issue to bring up. I just think it’s important to fill that seat.”
Commissioner Holder’s motion passed by a vote of 3-2, with Commissioners Holder, Adams and Maddox in favor; and Commissioners Freedman and Holman opposed.
Mr. Jaugstetter stated the Board of Education has requested the Board of Commissioners consider a resolution on Tuesday on the Board of Education’s bond issue. He said the resolution is the Board of Commissioners’ agreement to assess property taxes for the bond issue.
Commissioner Holder made a motion to add to the Tuesday agenda the request from the Board of Education for their tax levy for their bond retirement; Commissioner Adams seconded.
Commissioner Freedman asked what is meant by a “tax levy.” Commissioner Holder said the Board of Commissioners will have to levy a tax, which is a tax increase for their bond referendum. He noted the Board of Education sets their millage and the Board of Commissioners has to levy the tax to collect for them. Commissioner Freedman asked if this is the 1.25 mill increase. Commissioner Holder said he is not sure. Mr. Jaugstetter said his office will provide the documents to the Board members as soon as he is in receipt of same.
Ms. Angus said it is not an increase. She noted the millage will go up over a ten year period and the Board will have to show it as a tax increase to reflect the increased amount. Commissioner Holder said the growth is what makes the mill larger.
Commissioner Holder’s motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Commissioners Freedman, Holder, Holman and Adams in favor.
Commissioner Adams made a motion to adjourn (2:15 p.m.); Commissioner Freedman seconded; and the motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Commissioners Freedman, Holman, Holder and Adams in favor.
Leland Maddox, Chairman
Susan B. Craig, County Clerk