Supes approve assessment increases

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer

 

Approving two increases in assessments to Ackerman Forge was part of the December 2 Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The supervisors gave Lori Kerr, tax assessor/collector, authority to put Ackerman Forge’s 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 personal property back on the tax roll. Ackerman Forge is closed and has been for several years. Kerr said Bubba Hudspeth, owner of Ackerman Forge, told her that he sold the equipment that was housed in the Ackerman plant after it closed.

The Choctaw County Tax Assessor’s Office learned recently that the equipment was not sold and was still housed in the plant.

Kerr came back later in the supervisor meeting with two requests to increase the personal property assessments for Ackerman Forge for 2012 and 2013. The increased personal property assessed value for 2012 is $ 14,409 and $17,758 for 2013.

Also in the meeting, the board held a public hearing on the proposed Regulation of Transient Business Sales ordinance for Choctaw County. This ordinance is referred to as the “door-to-door salesman ordinance” by the supervisors and sheriff.

Sheriff Cloyd Halford requested this ordinance several weeks ago.

No one from the publics spoke during the public hearing. The ordinance requires transient businesses to obtain a permit for $100 that will be good for 90 days. The business is also required to pay a $1,000 cash bond.

This ordinance will not affect municipalities in Choctaw County. Also, exempt organizations include religious organizations, civic clubs and students currently enrolled in school or college.

After closing the public hearing, the board approved the ordinance. It goes into affect immediately.

The supervisors also discussed the 2012-2013 budget and total collected ad valorem taxes by request of District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers. No action was required or taken.

The Board of Supervisors also approved:

-Lowest bid from Dixie Roofing to repair the Choctaw County Nursing Center roof for $39,875. This is the middle section, which is a different area that was repaired last month.

-November minutes.

-Jail inspection.

-To advertise for yearly bids.

-Claims.

-Transfer $148,933 from Fund 025 to the General Fund.

-Additional postage request of $67 from Lori Kerr, tax assessor/collector.

-Inventory deletion-District 2 cell phone.