Commissioners put off decision until Wednesday

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners put off deciding a county millage rate when pressed to make a decision on Thursday by County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Linda Cook.

Cook asked the commissioners to set a millage rate for the county board’s meeting in Chipley. “We need a decision on the millage rate, we have got to have this turned in to the state by Aug. 4,” she said. “We need a decision today.”

“Or we could wait and call a special meeting next week,” Commission Chairman Alan Bush suggested.

“No,” Cook said. “Do it today.”

In the end, Cook did not get her request, and the commissioners decided to meet again on Monday to hash out the millage issue in a special workshop, then meet again on Wednesday to vote on the matter.

“We’re still out $92,000 from balancing the budget,” Cook said, and that started the discussion of how the county can make up the budget shortfalls that are predicted for the next fiscal year.

Bush said the county’s ad valorem tax base is predicted to be down about $228,000, and county property values have decreased. “Altogether we’re about $400,000 down in our revenues this year.”

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