COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget during their weekly meeting Monday morning. Citizens were given the opportunity to have questions answered, or at least voice their input on a variety of issues pertinent to the increased budget.

The board has been work shopping with Gene Mense and Matt Mense of the Mense CPA Firm over the past several weeks to fine tune their proposal before hearing from the voters of Cherokee County. Chairman of the Board Cory Moates said last week that he was well pleased with the projected budget decreasing the mill levy by 1.637. Gene Mense explained how the tax lid law will work in future years’ budget preparation, and said that the taxes levied are the key. The taxes levied for 2019 is about $20,000 less than 2018.

Following the public hearing the board unanimously approved the proposed 2019 budget. Visit our Facebook to page to see a video of the full public hearing.

Department Heads - Monthly Reports

Officials met the week prior with the Board for their routine monthly meeting for the purpose of updating the Board on happenings within each department, with the following department heads present: Barbara Bilke, Register of Deeds; Betha Elliott, Health Department; David Groves, Sheriff; Deana Randall, Human Resources; Mark Hixon, Appraiser; Raven Elmore, Treasurer; Rodney Edmondson, Clerk & Election; and Wayne Elliott, 911 Addressing & Mapping.

David Groves reminded everyone that the Weir Homecoming is Sept. 14 - 15. He stated that the Farm Show is being moved to May instead of July for 2019. He presented a request to work with the County Lot to purchase some bicyclist and pedestrian awareness signs to be placed in areas where those persons are often present to raise the awareness of other motorists. The Board approved his request. He also stated that his office just received a box of papers for service to citizens from Mr. Myers for a tax sale. They are processing them as fast as possible.

Deana Randall stated that she will be going to a class August 22-24th and asked for everyone to turn in payroll and expenses by the deadline of Aug. 20.

Mark Hixon reported that 88 sales of property have been worked through June. He stated that property values are running at three percent under the sale price.

Raven Elmore provided a recap report of all county funds. She stated that the delinquent tax list has been delivered to the newspaper for publication.

Rod Edmondson reported that they are preparing for the primary election tomorrow.

Wayne Elliott reported the issuance of one new address, bringing the total number for the year to 22. They also issued one permit for a new house, and sold 13 maps for $38.