Commissioners discuss various budget cuts

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 02:03 PM.

“When times were good, the county spent and spent,” Commissioner Lynn Gothard said. “I don’t know if a tax increase is the road for us to go down or not, but I do know that if I take a decrease in pay at work, then I have to cut down on my spending.

“I believe we can balance this budget,” Gothard said, “and next year we can begin to plan.”

Abbott asked County Attorney Jeff Goodman about the $250 property tax.

“What is basis for the taxing authority?” Goodman asked. He said the county is limited in its authority to tax residents. “I would look at making it an MSTU and I would get away from talking about the Homestead Exemption.”

Goodman said the county had used its 1 cent small county tax option in 1993 so that was unavailable.

Brock asked about taking a sales tax increase to the people for approval. “A lot of our residents do their shopping in Panama City or Dothan, where they are paying eight or nine cents. Why are we still stuck at seven?”

Gothard also asked why the county manager’s salary was not spread out among the different department’s budgets. “He’s the county manager, he’s over all those departments, I don’t see why they don’t all pay a share of his salary.”

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