Two budget hearings were held on the $14.5 million county budget last week but there was little citizen input.
The Banks County Board of Commissioners held public hearings at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday. No citizens attended the morning hearing, and only one person attended the evening hearing. Several elected officials and county staff were at both meetings.
The project budget is up almost six percent over the current budget. Commissioners state “cost of living” expenses and rising insurance costs are the main increases in the budget. BOC chairman Gene Hart added that there will be no millage rate increase.
The BOC will adopt the budget when it meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.
In other business at the Thursday morning meeting, the BOC discussed the lack of adequate wiring in the old elementary school. The elementary school is going to serve as the temporary courthouse while renovations are completed at the current facility.
Ansley Communication Group prepared a bid to spend a maximum of $11,300 to update the necessary wiring that would allow for phones, fax and other communication needed for the courts to operate. The bid was approved with Hart and commissioner Rickey Cain voting in favor of it. Joe Barefoot was not present for the meeting.
The courthouse will be closed Friday, August 15, and Monday, August 18, for the move.