“We just want fair treatment,” said property owner Norris Sexton in an address to the commis-sioners during their work session. “This is not just a tax base: these are people.”
He said the group of about 25 taxpayers was not at the meeting simply to complain but to work with county leaders to try to find a solution. “We really want to get involved,” he said, “ but this is just unbearable … There’s got to be a better way to do this than putting the burden on the property owners in this manner.”
Commission Chairman Alvin Long encouraged those with grievances to voice them before the county’s board of tax assessors.
“I’m not going to go into specifics,” he said. “I’m not an assessor.”
Commissioners did stay for about an hour after their regular meeting ended to discuss taxpayers’ concerns.
Also during the Aug. 18 meeting of the Gordon County Board of Commissioners, board members:
* Approved a bid award of $157,030 for a burn trailer for the county fire department to Fire Training Structures of Phoenix, Az. A training fee of $3,250 was included in the bid amount. The department received a Federal Fire Act Grant from the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $163,577 in April. The difference of $6,547 will be used for related equipment. Federal monies pro-vided in the grant amounted to 80 percent of the total amount; the county is required to provide 20 percent.
* Approved a bid award in the amount of $23,688 to Prater Ford for a new E-350 inmate transport van for the sheriff’s department.
n Approved a bid award in the amount of $23,551 to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency for a 2010 Chevy Tahoe to be used by the sheriff’s department as a patrol vehicle. County Adminis-trator Randy Dowling said funds for this purchase and for the inmate transport van were transferred from money from the inmate housing fund built into the current budget to pay for other counties to house inmates from Gordon before the new jail was completed. All of these debts have been set-tled, he said, leaving about $250,000 available.
* Approved a contract with the city of Plainville for the county board of elections to conduct election processes for Plainville for the upcoming municipal elections in November. City Attorney Suzanne Hutchinson said the city would reimburse the county for the cost incurred.
* Approved the renewal of a mutual aid agreement with Gilmer County for emergency management services.
Commissioners hear taxpayer concerns again