Supervisors discuss tax issues, note

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved in a 4-1 vote a resolution of an intention to borrow up to $1.5 million in a tax anticipation note in their July 31 meeting.

The motion by District 2 Supervisor Larry McClain also included to advertise the resolution. District 1 Supervisor Archie Collins seconded the motion after a long discussion on taxes and Choctaw Generation. District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers voted against the resolution.

Before the vote, Chambers said he had “serious concerns of a tax anticipation note” and asked the board why the county needs the funds.

“It’s sending a ripple effect to the taxpayers of Choctaw County that we need money,” said Chambers.

He then began discussing the tax issue with Choctaw Generation-Red Hills Power Plant. The county approved a 10 year tax in lieu agreement with them in the late 1990s. Chambers says the 10 year agreement is up and that state statute says the board can only grant a 10 year agreement.

District 3 Supervisor Chris McIntire says the power plant is in year nine and that four attorneys agree.

Chambers presented documents along with the inducement agreement in his discussion.

Chambers suggested then later made a motion to add Choctaw Generation to the 2012 tax rolls for full payment.

“All we have to do is place them on the tax roll and let them come and object,” said Chambers.

Before he made that motion, McIntire called for a vote on the tax anticipation note. Chambers said the county should wait until they need the money to advertise for the note. McClain said the note is a “safety net” with McIntire adding that it takes two months before the county could draw any money from the note.

The board approved the tax anticipation note and advertisement in a 4-1 vote with Chambers voting against it.

Chambers then made the motion to place Choctaw Generation LP/Suez CDF on the 2012 tax roll in amount of true value $405,371,372 as stated in the tax rolls as new growth. After a short discussion, McClain seconded the motion with all voting yes. Motion passes.

In the August 6 board meeting, the supervisors approved in a 4-1 vote to rescind this motion. Chambers voted against it. McIntire called for the motion because the tax assessor is the only one that has authority to add the power plant on the tax roll. Look for more on this matter in the August 15 Plaindealer.

In the July 31 meeting, Maxey Peterson with Pryor and Morrow attended the board meeting to give the supervisors a final price for finishing out the physical therapy area at the new medical office building. The board took no action at this time. He said the medical office buildings are scheduled to be complete in October.

Peterson also informed the board that they have $225,000 in construction contingency funds right now. After a short discussion, the board approved to delete a brick wall around the generator at the new hospital for a savings of $36,000.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved: To transfer $19,000 from Fund 014-Emergency Services to Fund 097-911. To transfer $54,422 from Fund 029-Engery Grant to Fund 001-General Fund. To transfer $32,915 from Fund 014-Emergency Services to Fund 126- Ambulance. Utility permit for AT&T for work on Chester Tomnolen and Talley Roads. Inventory deletions. Mike Hughes, with Weaver Insurance, as agent of record to request price quotes from insurance agencies for the county’s property, auto and liability insurance. To authorize the clerk to forward $60,000 to the Mississippi Development Authority after receiving the payment from Bubba Hudspeth. To recognize the Grand Jury Report. To recognize approval from the School Board on the Reform Ball Field allowing a walking trail to be constructed on that 16 section land. Hospital claims prior to February 1, 2011. Software support agreements with Geo-Comm for $8,250 for three years. To recognize the administrative requirements of the Secretary of the State for a grant in the Circuit Clerk’s office. Sale of the Sheriff’s Department Ford Expedition to Thomas Auctions in Kosciusko to be sold at the next sale. Travel for the Veterans Affairs Officer for Oct. 10-12 and $50 registration fee. Travel for both constables for Sept. 10-13 and Sept. 17-20 for required training. Software support agreement with Data Systems. To pay the annual bond trustee fee to Bancorp South for $5,000. Payments of hospital construction of $790,160.36 for June and $705,271.45 for July, payments of medical office building construction of $365,172.87 for June and $190,047.98 for July and payment to Pryor & Morrow of $6,133 for June to be paid out of bonds funds. Travel of Circuit Clerk and two election commissioners to training. Advertising of tax sale and required budget advertising. Duplicate title fee of $9 for Beat 1. To recognize employee evaluations of Lillie Anderson and Sheila by Steve Montgomery. Pay raise to Lillie Anderson of 63 cents per hour since she has completed the 90 day probationary period and her evaluation by Steve Montgomery. To recognize direct deposit for county employees pay to begin by the end of August. Advertising of mobile home sale for the Sheriff’s Office.