Meeting Minutes
June 22nd, 2012

Opening:

The called meeting of the Butts County Board of Commissioners was called to order at 8:00 AM on June 22, 2012 in the C. Wayne King Auditorium, Jackson Georgia by Chairman Roger D. McDaniel.  City of Jackson, City of Jenkinsburg and City of Flovilla have called to order also.

Present:

Roger D. McDaniel, Chairman

J. Keith Douglas, Vice-Chairman (joined by phone)

G.S. “Gator” Hodges, Commissioner

Robert L. Henderson, Sr., Commissioner

Mike Patterson, Commissioner (joined by phone)

Michael Brewer, Interim County Administrator

Jessica Reynolds, County Clerk

Michael O’Quinn, County Attorney

A.             New Business

The purpose of this called meeting is to reconvene discussion from the June 19th, 2012 meeting with City of Jackson, City of Jenkinsburg and City of Flovilla on the renegotiate the Local Option Sales Tax.  Patterson asked to speak then motioned that the meeting needed to be stopped due to no service delivery study done by someone else and for the funds to be reconsidered.  Motion died due to lack of a second.  Patterson then makes another motion that the meeting be halted and be conducted by an outside party, motion dies due to lack of a second.

Henderson stated that he has done work for City of Jackson that he would not be voting for City of Jackson but will for City of Jenkinsburg and City of Flovilla.

Chairman McDaniel commented that in order to allow the increases to the cities that the City of Jackson and the county would have to split fifty fifty.  City of Jackson met in the rear of the auditorium to discuss; returning Mayor Phillips stated they were only willing to give .6%.  Mayor Nestor, City of Jenkinsburg Mayor, spoke that he was very disappointed with more than 4.2% that Jenkinsburg is a growing city and needs more.  Mayor Chewning had nothing to say at this time.

Chairman McDaniel asked for a fifteen minute recess, Hodges motioned to approve, seconded by Henderson with a 5-0 vote recorded.  Hodges motioned to reconvene seconded by Henderson with a 5-0 vote recorded.  Douglas is now present.

Patterson stated he did not agree to give Jenkinsburg .8% and asking for the cities not to agree and to take to superior court.  Hodges had no comments, Henderson abstains and Douglas stated there needed to be a decision made today.  Patterson commented saying there was no deadline and Mr. O’Quinn commented saying it needed to be voted on for budgeting purposes.

Hodges asked if the code enforcement and animal control fees for the City of Jackson go to City of Jackson, Mayor Phillips stated he would yes all the fines go to City of Jackson; but will work to put in place so that the county will receive the fees from court.

Hodges noted that he was not comfortable giving the .8% but willing to give the .6% because of the future for the county.  Hodges motioned to reduce our distribution to the City of Jenkinsburg to .6%, seconded by Douglas for discussion.  Douglas asked Mayor Nestor if Jenkinsburg could deal with 4.2%, Nestor said no but would accept 4.5% from the county which would be a .9%.  Patterson commented saying to put it off and do the strategy in three weeks.  Motion fails due to 1-3 votes with Hodges for and McDaniel, Douglas and Patterson opposing.

Douglas motioned to give Jenkinsburg .9% increase, seconded by Hodges with a 3-1-1 vote with Douglas, Hodges and McDaniel for, Patterson oppose and Henderson abstain.

Douglas motioned to approve for Butts County to receive 64.1%, seconded by Hodges with a 3-1-1 vote, with McDaniel, Douglas and Hodges for, Patterson oppose and Henderson abstain.  Douglas motioned to approve for City of Flovilla to receive 5.4%, seconded by Hodges with a 3-1-1 vote, with McDaniel, Douglas and Hodges for, Patterson oppose and Henderson abstain.   Douglas motioned to approve for City of Jackson to receive 26%, seconded by Hodges with a 3-1-1 vote, with McDaniel, Douglas and Hodges for, Patterson oppose and Henderson abstain.  Douglas motioned to approve for City of Jenkinsburg to receive 4.5%, seconded by Hodges with a 3-1-1 vote, with McDaniel, Douglas and Hodges for, Patterson oppose and Henderson abstain.

Chairman McDaniel noted this information will be sent to the Department of Revenue.

Adjournment:

Meeting was adjourned by Douglas, seconded by Hodges with 5-0 vote.