Board of Supervisors - March 25, 2004 Recessed Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a recessed meeting on March 25, 2004 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace II - Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Ronnie Shortt

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins - members of said Board and

Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING -ORDINANCE REPEALING A REAL ESTATE TAX DISCOUNT FOR EARLY PAYMENT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed ordinance repealing the Ordinance Establishing a Real Estate Tax Discount for Early Payment.

Chairman Peace asked for public comments.

There being no public comments the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE: PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX RATES

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive public comments regarding the proposed tax rates:

      Real estate property             $0.57/$100 assessed value

      Personal Property                 $1.49/$100 assessed value

      Mobile homes                      $0.57/$100 assessed value

      Machinery & tools                 $1.15/$100 assessed value

      Merchant's capital                 $2.85/$100 assessed value

Public service corporations:

      Real property                       $0.57/$100 assessed value

      Personal property                 $1.49/$100 assessed value

      Merchant's capital                 $0.52/$100 assessed value

Chairman Peace asked for public comments.

Judy Prichard, a resident of Pound, told the Board that taxes were recently raised during the reassessment and she opposed this increase, especially the tax on personal property.  The elderly and disabled on fixed income cannot pay these taxes.

Bernard Meade, a resident of Pole Bridge Road, asked that the coal companies be properly taxed for their land.

Ronnie Brooks opposed the tax increase.

Clyde Stanley a resident of Wise, opposed the tax increase.

Chris Salyers, resident of Coeburn, was in favor of the increase.

Stewart Jessee, a resident of Wise, opposed the tax increase and voiced his opposition to using the tax assessors out of Roanoke for Wise County's reassessment.

Bonnie Fields, a resident of Coeburn, said the tax increase was too much.

Jackie Bowman, a resident of Wise, said the tax increase was too excessive and the elderly cannot pay such an increase.  She asked that adjustments be made elsewhere so the tax rate could be decreased.

Mary E. Kelly addressed the Board regarding the incorrect zoning of her land.  She asked for any assistance from the Board that could help bring this dispute to an end.

Lester Roberson voiced his opposition to the tax increase.

Doug Kilgore, owner of the golf club on Dan Hall Mountain stated that the recent tax assessment for Wise County raised the taxes and should have been sufficient to meet the County's needs and he opposed this increase. He noted that the County should be run like a business and our economy would not be in this deficit situation.

Rex Straughn voiced his opposition to the tax increase and suggested that the Board cut costs instead of raising taxes.

Walter Crouse stated that the coal companies should be assessed at full value, which would bring in lots of revenue for the County.  He also stated that the School Board personnel in the Administration Office should be decreased, not the teachers.

Larry Porter, Johnny Coffee, Gerald Cantrell and Phil Cantrell voiced their opposition to the tax increase and noted the hardship that will be placed on the elderly and disabled.

David Yeary, owner of Y&Y Septic Systems, told the Board that he could not pay this tax increase and asked that the Board find another source of revenue to meet the County's needs.

Danny Stallard voiced his support for school consolidation. He stated that this would be a means of providing a better education for our children as well as needed revenue for economic growth in the County.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE REPEALING A REAL ESTATE TAX DISCOUNT FOR EARLY PAYMENT

A public hearing was held on this proposed ordinance with no public opposition.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Ordinance Repealing a Real Estate Tax Discount for Early Payment.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #                  2004

( Said ordinance is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SETTING PROPERTY TAX RATES FOR FY 2004-05

A public hearing was held on the proposed property tax rates with comments from several citizens.

Robby Robbins spoke briefly on the County's financial situation and the fact that the government must have money to operate and sometimes that required a tax increase.

Virginia Meador opposed the increase stating that the County's severance tax has helped keep Wise County at a lower tax base.  She said it was not the time to raise taxes.

John Peace spoke briefly on the overcrowded Powell Valley Primary School and the need for better education in our schools.

There being no further discussion, a motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution setting the property tax rates for FY 2004-2005.

Aye-     Bob Adkins              Nay - Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates

            Ronnie Shortt

            John Peace

            Leland Branham

            Robby Robbins

            Fred Luntsford

Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #         2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the Energy Performance Contract and authorize execution by the Board Chairman or the County Administrator.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING FINANCING

After a review of the various financing proposals received for the lease/purchase financing for the Energy Enhancement Project for the Wise County courthouse, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to award the lease/purchase financing to Powell Valley National Bank, evidenced by an unsecured note, in an amount not to exceed $447,000.00 at an interest rate of 3.75% with a maturity of ten (10) years, with payments to include principal and interest amortized on a monthly basis in arrears, and that the Chairman and the Clerk for the Wise County Board of Supervisors be authorized and empowered to execute any and all documentation that may be required to conclude this transaction.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCES AMENDMENTS / SOLID WASTE ORDINANCE / TIRE TIPPING FEE ORDINANCE / CONSTRUCTION-DEMOLITION ORDINANCE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve amendments to:

1)    Solid Waste Ordinance #____________________

2)    Tire Tipping Fee Ordinance#_________________

3)    Construction/Demolition Ordinance #__________

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ANNUAL AUDIT

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the engagement letter to Larry D. Sturgill, P.C. for conducting the annual audit for Wise County for fiscal years ended June 30, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve Budget amendment #21:  Increase general fund revenues by $290,400 (Norton Boundary Adjustment Developer Payment) put $260,900 in Legal Svs, Prof. Svs - other line item; $29,500 in Courthouse Maintenance capital outlay line item; and $109,600 in the Information Technology Improvement Fund (special Fund).  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve budget amendment # 22:  Increase E-911 fund revenues (Wire Line Grant) by $203,233; increase maintenance service contract line item by $258,763 (includes local match, generated by $1.25/month surcharge and E-911 Fund - Fund balance).  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY COPIER / TRANSFER OF FUNDS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item $860 to lease (5 years) replacement copier for Commonwealth Attorney.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION /TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution concerning use of the proceeds from the increase in the Tangible Personal Property Tax rate.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                     2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION COAL & GAS IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE'S ANNUAL PLAN AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution approving the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Committee's Annual Plan amendment allocating an additional $60,000 to the gravel fund.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #               2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

There was some discussion on the status of taking the Daytown Road into the secondary system.

 

IN RE:  RESERVE FOR EMERGENCIES/CONTINGENCY FUNDS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to increase the amount in reserve for emergencies/contingency line item with CRIF transfer to VCEDA funding $108,000.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: INMATE HEALTH CARE COST / TRANSFER OF FUNDS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the transfer of $217,000 from the reserve for emergencies/contingency line item to several line items in Sheriff - Correction and Detention, for inmate health care costs.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  JUVENILE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT COPIER / TRANSFER OF FUNDS

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item $335.00 to purchase imaging unit for copy machine used by the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

______________________        ______________________

Clerk                                      Chairman                  

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