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July 1, 2014

County budget hearings set for fiscal 2015

— The County Commission will hold two departmental hearings this month for the fiscal 2015 budget.

The first hearing is July 16, with the second scheduled for July 30. Both hearings begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Street courthouse annex.

The county approved a $33.2 million operating budget in September 2013 for the current fiscal year. The next fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Revenue Commissioner Brian Patterson said on Tuesday that Limestone’s tax revenue, which is collected in arrears, has continued to increase annually. But he said preliminary figures will not be complete until his department’s budget presentation on July 16.

“There will be an increase, but it’s too early to say what it will be,” Patterson said. “For the past 14 years, our tax collections have seen an increase over the previous year.”

Patterson said for the current fiscal year, his office collected approxima†ely $26.5 million. The money is split among several recipients, including the county and school systems. By comparison, he said tax receipts totaled less than $9 million during his first year in office in 1999.

The county will approve the fiscal 2015 budget in September, but is required to conduct budget hearings in July. Listed below is the hearing schedule.

Wednesday, July 16

• 8:30 a.m. — Revenue Commissioner Brian Patterson

• 8:45 a.m. — Probate Judge Charles Woodroof Jr.

• 9 a.m. — Information Technology Director David Freeman

• 9:15 a.m. — Board of Registrars Chairman Lee Liveoak, County Warehouse and Animal Control

• 9:25 a.m. — Cowford and Hazmat

• 9:35 a.m. — Sheriff Mike Blakely

Wednesday, July 30

• 8:30 a.m. — License Commissioner Greg Tucker

• 8:45 a.m. — Community Corrections Director Tony Graviet

• 9 a.m. — Archives Director Rebekah Davis

• 9:15 a.m. — Coroner Mike West and Emergency Management Agency Director Rita White

• 9:25 a.m. — Council on Aging Director Emily Sandlin

• 9:35 a.m. — Recycling

• 9:45 a.m. — Engineer Richard Sanders


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