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BOC to look into merits of fire tax

POSTED: June 26, 2014 2:49 p.m.


Barrow officials could soon examine the merits of a new county fire tax.

Barrow County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to find out the cost to have Sutton Consulting determine whether it would make sense for them to levy a county fire tax. The county is currently working with Sutton to find out the appropriate mileage rollback rate would be for residents in the city of Winder.

Creating a new fire tax would require establishing a fire fund.

The earliest a fire tax could be levied would be for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, said County Manager Randall Dowling.

Commissioners said having both options would help them determine what’s the best decision. Last year commissioners approved an 11 percent tax increase for Winder residents because of a change in how they assessed the millage rate should be calculated.


Water Tank


County officials decided Tuesday to start a new bid process for maintaining a county water tank after questions arose about stipulations.

Officials said there were too many requirements for companies bidding on the project where the recommended company’s bid was higher than another bid.

The stipulations were that companies have been in business for at least 25 years, have at least 50 clients and could not be involved in litigation. The new stipulations are that the company is at least 15-years-old and that they provide a list of clients and stemming litigation. Officials said it was unfair to say that any company that’s being litigated should be denied a chance to bid on the project.

One of the reasons for some of the requirements were to weed out companies that might not be able to do the job well, said Water Department Field Tech Clint Cannon.

The costs for the water tank maintenance come out of the Water and Sewer funds and not taxpayer money.




County leaders will ask the company helping with its narrowbanding project to provide more details for residents.

Commissioner Kenny Shook was among those who said they would like Tusa Consulting to provide an update at next month’s meeting.

The decision came during a discussion of giving an additional $16,000 to Tusa for more testing.

"I think the testing they are providing for our 911 center is critical and it needs to continue," Chairman Pat Graham said.

Prior to the discussion by county leaders, Bethlehem resident Mark Staley questioned why the costs to Tusa could increase from $25,000 to a proposed $91,000.

"We’re 10 months into this issue and I haven’t heard any updates, any status of what this consulting group has been up to or have they solved any issues," he said.




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Hmmm: July 1, 2014 2:23 a.m.


Gut the public safety budget...

Strong arm the Sheriff into cutting his budget and get all excited when he has to come back (as he said, he would)...

Spend more and more money on the 911 radio system to redo what should have been done...


Didn't we have to run off the crown before when it's only concern was its own concern?



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