BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of County Commissioners voted July 31 to approve the proposed millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

Set at 9.4916, the rolled-back rate is .0084 percent lower than last year's 9.5000.

By using the rolled-back rate, Attorney Brandon Young advised the rate could possibly be lowered but not raised.

"Using the rolled-back rate allows for the possibility of lowering during the budget process," said Young. "It cannot be raised however."

A final budget hearing is set for September 10 at 5:01 p.m.

Bids for new equipment were opened and approved during the regular session meeting.

One loader and three excavators from Flint Equipment in Dothan both made by John Deere will be purchased using funds from the sale of various pieces of machinery. In total, $523,100 will be spent. Two John Deere graders will be leased for 36 months at a cost of $1,747 each, per month.

In other business, the solid waste non-exclusive franchise agreement will go into effect September 1 and run through August 31, 2023. Each vendor will pay $500 annually to be part of the agreement.

The position of board secretary was approved to be advertised both in-house and publicly. A decision is expected during a meeting in September for hiring of the position.

Also at the meeting, the board approved appointments to the Tri-County Airport Board for the following people: Roy Brooks, Fred Provost and Cliff McGowan.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on August 14.