Commissioners to Meet in Voting Session Thursday


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Among the items to be voted on during the Dawson County Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday (July 6) are the 2016 audit performed by Rushton and Company and replacement of the county’s 65 aging voting machines

The audit shows the county’s General Fund revenue increased by 5.41 percent from $21,054,087 in 2015 to $22,183,220 last year. At the same time expenditures rose by 6.73 percent from $20,186,557 to $21,734,253. Sales tax accounted for 40.86 percent of 2015 revenue while property taxes generated 32.3 percent.

The county has maintained a very healthy fund balance of $5,102,625 or 24.6 percent of expenditures. The Association of County Commissioners Georgia recommends not less than 15 percent.

The voting machines currently in use are 16 years old and can’t be fixed. Elections Supervisor Glenda Ferguson will ask commissioners to consider purchasing the machines from San Diego County at a cost of $39,194.90. Ferguson said the machines were used for one election before the City of San Diego voted to switch to paper balloting.

The Board of Commissioners budgeted $35,000 this year for installation of a LED message board at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park and Senior Services. The project came in under budget and Parks and Recreation is requesting approval of a contract with the low bidder Metro LED in the amount of $29,966.

The Magistrate Court is asking commissioners to add $1,000 to the current budget to pay for federally mandated interpreters. The amount budgeted for 2017 was expended in June.

Commissioners will vote on renewal of a contract with the Bank of the Ozarks for a joint project with Etowah Water and Sewer Authority (EWSA). In 1998, the county approved the financing arrangement to provide a sanitary sewer facility to serve the Georgia 400 retail/outlet. The loan has been paid down to about $1.4 million and the current note is now due. Though the note is in the name of EWSA, the County has indirect liability on the note.

Commissioners will also decide on the formation of a citizen committee to study commissioners’ compensation, something that has not been done in 12 years.

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