Supervisors prepare for budget hearing

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors rejected two tax objections as well as worked on creating the budget for the upcoming public budget hearing during its August 17 meeting held at the Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom at 9 a.m.

The meeting began with the approval of the agenda, followed with a motion by District 1 Supervisor Archie Collins to approve the claims of 4-County Electric Power Association and order the chancery clerk to settle by means of pay warrants. District 2 Supervisor Larry McClain and the other board members voted unanimously in support.

The supervisors then went into working on the details of the budget for the upcoming budget hearing scheduled for Aug. 31, 2015 at the Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom. The supervisors worked on creating a draft of the budget for public review on the day of the budget hearing.

The board discussed several portions of the proposed budget including the millage rate, future bond payments due and each district’s road fund.

After working on the draft, the board then dealt with the tax objections filed by NRG Wholesale and Power Swine. The supervisors heard objections to the county’s personal and real tax rolls during its Aug. 3 meeting.

During that meeting, NRG presented the board with an objection to the tax roll, with the company stating that value for the plant was estimated in the tax rolls to be $560 million. NRG is claiming that the real value of the plant is $125 million dollars.

Mr. Bob Power of Power Swine presented the second objection, regarding the closing of the hog farm because of his contract with another company was terminated.

With the supervisors having already reviewed the objections, a motion was made McClain to deny the objection of Power Swine. Collins seconded the motion, and all supervisors unanimously voted in favor of the motion.

The reason why the objection was denied was because the contract for Power Swine was not terminated until April 2015. With that being, Power Swine was listed on the tax roll in January 2015, allowing for the business to be put on the tax roll. Taxes are paid one year behind the current calendar year.

After, Collins made a motion to deny the tax objection of NRG Wholesale, with McClain seconding the motion. All board members passed the motion unanimously.

After making a decision on the tax objections, District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers made a motion to recess the August term until August 24 at 9 a.m. at the Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom. Collins seconded the motion, and the board voted unanimously in support of.

The budget public hearing will be held on August 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom.