Over revaluation process
tax assessors at odds
Clinch County Commissioners and the tax assessors' office are at odds over how a revaluation should be completed.
At Monday’s regular monthly Clinch County Board of Commissioners meeting, the tax assessors' office informed commissioners that a large acre (more than 25 acres) revaluation must be completed within the next three months in order to allow time for the tax assessors to send notices of new values. The revaluation of these lands will be based on the soil maps recently obtained by the tax assessors' office in November 2013. Pam Nelson, chief tax appraiser, and Jimmy Spikes, chairman of the Tax Assessors Board, appeared before the commission Monday, requesting funds to hire an outside firm to complete the revaluation of these lands. The total cost to the county would be $10,000.
Commissioner Henry Moylan reviewed the maps provided and stated, “It’s going to be a lot more work than I thought it would be.”
Nelson, when asked by Commissioner Debra Thomas how long the county had to complete the revaluation, stated that the work needed to begin “urgently.” Thomas questioned the need for contracting the work out.
“Y’all can’t work on this every day for the next three months? Y’all want the county to hire someone to come in and do your job?,” asked Thomas.
Nelson informed the commissioners that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for her small office to work on the revaluation every day for three months and handle the other daily duties associated with the tax assessor’s office.
“When she (Nelson) opened up, she said she can do it," said Thomas. "Now, I don’t know why she is asking for $10,000 to hire someone else.”
After Thomas’ statements, county attorney Chad Corlee asked commissioners if he could say something about the request and Thomas denied his request to speak. At that time, a frustrated Nelson and Spikes left the meeting stating, “We will just do the best we can.”
After the meeting, Nelson and Spikes expressed disappointment in the commissioners not voting on the matter.
“We can’t let personal grudges get in the way of county business," Spikes said after the meeting. "Yes, I was very frustrated.”
With only two people working in the tax assessors' office, Nelson said that other required work will have to be set aside in order to devote all available time to the completion of the revaluation — a task that Nelson asserts will require daily attention for about three months. The last revaluation completed for the county was a total revaluation in 2007, and she said the county commission approved the work to be contracted out.
In other action from the meeting, held at the county commission office, the board:
• Approved the February 2014 meeting minutes.
• Discussed and approved the LMIG contract agreements, with recommended changes by Corlee.
• Discussed the purchase of trash scales, which will be used at the county dump to weigh trash and provide individualized prices. These prices will replace the current flat fee for every delivering trash. Thomas indicated that more bids will be received, and recommended that the vote be tabled.
• Approved adoption of the Records Retention Resolution.
• Appointed Jaclyn James as the Records Management Officer and Sherrie Mikell as her backup. The Records Retention Resolution requires these appointments so that someone will be responsible for record keeping.
• Approved the appointment of Janessa Hendrix to the Health Board.
• Approved the appointment of Karen Crews to the Unison Board.
• Approved motion to go into executive session to discuss litigation.