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The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Called Budget meeting for the purpose of amending the previously adopted FY-11 Budget, on Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Due to ongoing renovations in the Superior Courtroom, the meeting was held in the Probate Judges Courtroom on the ground floor of the Courthouse. Those present were, Chairman Tommy Rogers, Vice-Chairman Alton Harrison, Commissioner Dell Shingler, Commissioner Scott Miller, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, County Manager/Clerk Donna Jones, numerous County employees and several interested citizens.


The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tommy Rogers.


The invocation was offered by EMS Director, Toby Roland.



New Business:


Commissioner Alton Harrison made the motion to authorize Chairman Rogers’ signing of the right-of-way acquisition contract and resolution between the County and the Department of Transportation on acquiring the R.O.W. on the bridge project at CR226/Burke Road and Fish Pond Drain. This project has been let for Sept. 2011. Commissioner Scott Miller provided the second. Motion passed.


The Road Department Superintendent, Bobby Aiken, would like to list the following items as surplus property and place for sale on GovDeals.com


1.                  Backhoe Trailer – this small hauling trailer was replaced with a medium sized trailer better suited for the road department purposes.

2.         Tractor Bucket – this bucket was included on the tractor that the County purchased from the Clarke Fain auction. We have no use for the bucket.

3.         Motor grader – this motor grader is set for buyout from Yancey Bros., however, we would like to see if we can get a higher price at auction.

4.         Bobcat – this is the Transfer Station’s skid steer equipment that is no longer needed now that we have an excavator on site.

5.         10 Ton A/C unit – this unit was removed from the courthouse roof during the new metal roof project.

6.         Backhoe - Transfer Station equipment is worn out, therefore, Bobby would like to move the tires and bucket off the T/S backhoe onto one that is at the road department and then move modified road department backhoe to the T/S.

The motion to list the items as surplus was provided by Commissioner Dell Shingler with the second from Commissioner Brenda Peterson. Motion passed.



Chairman Rogers provided a list of names as a suggested Fire Department Committee to research and provide recommendations to the Commission for providing fire protection services for the unincorporated areas of the County. The list was approved on a motion by Commissioner Scott Miller with second by Commissioner Dell Shingler. Motion passed. Each person on the list must be contacted to inquire as to their willingness to serve on the committee. The list is as follows:


City of Donalsonville Fire Chief, Travis Brooks; EMS Director, Toby Roland; Bob Godwin; Darius Culverson; Iron City Fire Chief, Phillip Hornsby; Iron City Mayor, Ronnie Ingram; Donalsonville City Manager, Marty Shingler; Seminole County Administrator, Donna Jones; Bud Trawick; Greg Mims; Clem Copeland; Johnny Roy Parks and all five County Commissioners.


Due to the State’s moratorium on property value increases other than new construction and additions, the County was unable to revalue property using fair market value by using current sales in Seminole County. This moratorium is due to be lifted in 2012.

While the meeting ad in the Donalsonville News stated that property values were down due to the recession, figures provided by the Tax Assessor’s office have proved otherwise. Property values in Seminole County are holding steady and in many cases increasing, the budget is being revised due to the State’s mandatory three year moratorium.


The Commission has worked diligently to hold the budget and millage at the same level for the past three years. In making tonight’s budget amendment we will be successful in that effort.


Chairman Rogers presented suggestions for adjustments to the previously adopted budget as follows:

            Amend the “Surplus Sales” Income line item to reflect YTD sales and estimates of items to be sold.

            Add a separate line item for “Additional Ad Valorem” receipts due to land in the conservation program being sold and  ad valorem taxes being collected on the sale.

            Reimburse the General Fund from SPLOST for purchases made YTD for capital items for the Road Department.


The total revision will total $157,217. Motion to amend was provided by Commissioner Alton Harrison with second by Commissioner Scott Miller. Motion passed.


Citizen Jim Tomlinson asked if his property tax bill would be the same as last year. Chairman Rogers replied that for the county’s portion of the bill, yes, however the school board and library have not submitted their millage rates as yet.


On a motion by Commissioner Brenda Peterson and seconded by Commissioner Scott Miller, the Commission entered into Executive Session to discuss a real estate matter.


On a motion by Commissioner Scott Miller with second by Commissioner Brenda Peterson the Commission adjourned the Executive Session and re-entered the General Session.






With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion made by Commissioner Alton Harrison, seconded by Commissioner Dell Shingler with Commissioners Scott Miller, Commissioner Brenda Peterson and Chairman Tommy Rogers voting yes.







Tommy Rogers

Alton Harrison

Dell Shingler

Brenda Peterson

Scott Miller