Fiscal plan OK’d with 4.5 cent tax hike

Last updated: July 28. 2014 6:46PM - 997 Views

Commissioners Jarvis McLamb, Albert Kirby and Harry Paker joined Jefferson Strickland and Billy Lockamy in adopting a 2014-15 budget with a 4.5 cent tax hike Monday night.
Commissioners Jarvis McLamb, Albert Kirby and Harry Paker joined Jefferson Strickland and Billy Lockamy in adopting a 2014-15 budget with a 4.5 cent tax hike Monday night.
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The three-ring circus that has been Sampson County’s budget deliberations for going on three months ended a few minutes into Monday night’s meeting with unanimous adoption of a2014-15 budget with a 4.5 cent property tax hike.


With a budget ordinance waiting on the media table at the opening of the special-called meeting calling for the 4.5 cent hike, Commissioner Albert Kirby opened things up, saying he had heard from the people and making a motion for the tax hike, one he has been adamantly opposed to from the get-go.


That motion was immediately seconded by Commissioner Billy Lockamy and approved unanimously.


The 4.5 cent hike would put Sampson’s tax rate at 83 cent per $100 valuation.


Kirby followed his first motion with a second one, this asking staff to look into business tax audits that many believe will bring in revenue for the county. He asked that a presentation regarding the audit be brought before the board in January 2015.


Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of that motion, with Jarvis McLamb offering the only nay.


There was no immediate discussion about the oft-talked about and requested 5 percent across-the-board cuts to all departments that commissioners were prepared to visit last Wednesday, before a series of confusing votes that forced a call for a second interim budget.


That interim budget is now null and void.


Kirby called those cuts a “wake-up call.”


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