Wayne County Commission Passes 2020-2021 Budget

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   The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, July 30th, 2020 in the commission meeting room at the Wayne County Courthouse, with County Executive Jim Mangubat presiding over the meeting. Commissioners in attendance were Herbert Brewer, Tom Mathis, Tim Powell, Phillip Casteel, Vickie Petty, Sherrie Powers, Stephen Pevahouse, Tim Prater, Joe Hall, John McDonald, Mary Lauren Garner, Kathryn Staggs, and Rickey Kelley. Also present were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough. Commissioner David Martin was absent.

   County Executive Mangubat opened the meeting, and Commissioner Kelley offered the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

   Amendments to the proposed 2020-2021 budget were addressed first. A motion to approve an amendment to the Tax Levy Resolution, which changed the language in Section 10, was made by Commissioner Mathis. The motion was seconded by Commissioner McDonald, and the amendment was approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   The next amendment was to remove the City of Clifton from the Non-Profit Resolution. Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve the amendment, and Commissioner Powers seconded the motion. The amendment was approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   The final amendment involved corrected revenues and expenditure statements on the Highway Department budget. The amendment changed the expenditures from $3,890,421.00 to $3,017,947.00. Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve the amendment, and Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion. The amendment was approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   Next was the approval of each of the resolutions that had been amended. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the amended Tax Levy Resolution. Commissioner McDonald seconded the motion, and the resolution was approved on roll call vote with Commissioners Mathis, McDonald, Brewer, Pevahouse, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Hall, Prater, and Staggs voting yes, and Commissioners Garner and Kelley voting no.

   Commissioner Prater then made a motion to approve the Resolution for the Appropriation of Various Funds. Commissioner Mathis seconded the motion, and the resolution was approved on roll call vote with Commissioners Prater, Mathis, Brewer, Pevahouse, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Hall, and Staggs voting yes, and Commissioners Garner and Kelley voting no.

   Next, Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve the amended Resolution for Non-Profits. Commissioner Petty seconded the motion, and it was passed on roll call vote with Commissioners McDonald, Petty, Brewer, Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Prater, Casteel, Powell, Powers, Hall, and Staggs voting yes, and Commissioner Kelley voting no.

   Commissioner McDonald then made a motion to approve the amended Resolution of Statement of Individual Funds. Commissioner Prater seconded the motion, and it was passed on roll call vote with Commissioners McDonald, Prater, Brewer, Mathis, Pevahouse, Casteel, Petty, Powers, Hall, and Staggs voting yes; Commissioners Garner and Kelly voting no; and Commissioner Powell abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

   The final action of the commission for the evening was the final approval of the 2020-2021 Budget Resolution as amended. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve, and Commissioner McDonald seconded the motion. The amended budget was approved on roll call vote with Commissioners Mathis, McDonald, Brewer, Pevahouse, Prater, Casteel, Petty, Powers, Hall, and Staggs voting yes; Commissioners Garner and Kelley voting no; and Commissioner Powell abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

   Prior to adjournment, Commissioner Powers asked County Executive Mangubat why the discussion of the Solid Waste budget was not put on the agenda as she had requested several days prior to this special session. County Executive Mangubat said that he had expected Commissioner Powers to address the Solid Waste issue when the Statement of Individual Funds was brought up for discussion and vote.

   Commissioner Hall then made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Brewer, and the meeting was adjourned.