Alleghany County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on
Present: Chair Eldon Edwards, Vice-Chair Warren Taylor,
Chair Eldon Edwards called the meeting to order and opened with a prayer.
Eldon Edwards stated that
Meeting Called To Order
Motion on Agenda for
Motion on Minutes for
RE: Tax Releases and Refunds
Schedule of Values
RE: Work First Local Plan
RE: Subdivision Plat
1. Budget Amendment—05/06 Capital Loan
2. Long Term Care Community Advisory Committee Appointment
3. Resolutions –
5. Other Business
6. Public Comments—30 minutes
7. Closed Session—NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal
NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (4)—economic development
Warren Taylor made a motion to approve the minutes for the
Mary Walker, Tax Administrator, presented the June 2006 real property requests in the amount of $1,056.94 for refunds and $678.95 for releases.
Mary Walker presented the June 2006 automobile requests in the amount of $395.17 for refunds and $1,967.11 for releases.
Mary Walker presented a motor-vehicle appeal for a 2003 Envoy. She explained that the NADA value is $15,675, the appraised value is less than the NADA value, and she recommends the value to be $15,675.
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a
motion to approve Mary Walker’s recommendation of $15,675. Commissioner
Mary Walker talked about she has to
present a notarized settlement before she can send out the property tax bills. She stated that this is a list of the personal
property taxes that are owed for 2005.
She further stated that she is giving the report to the Clerk to the
Mary Walker gave the Board the schedule of values for revaluation.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked if she has reviewed these values and approves them.
Mary Walker stated that she has. She explained that there are minimum and maximum values for all properties and farm-use values. She introduced Bob Pearson and Donnie Smith with Pearson Appraisals, who is performing the revaluation services.
Bob Pearson explained that they are asking the Board to review the schedule of values and schedule a public hearing for the August 7th meeting to hear public comments regarding the values. He further explained that the land values have increased since the 1999 revaluation. He stated that their purpose today is to present the schedule of values and farm-use-value rates to the Board. He further stated that they are going to set up public education meetings with various community groups regarding revaluation. He said that the notices to property owners should be mailed in October. He stated that they would also like to meet with real estate businesses to get a better understanding of the sales in the county.
Bob Pearson explained that once the
schedule of values have been adopted by the Commissioners that they will be
used until the next revaluation. He gave
an example of information in the schedule for rates regarding square feet of
structures, quality of structures, out buildings and land. He stated that changes can be made to the
schedule until the notices go out. He
explained that they will continue to study the real estate market to get the
prices with the market rates. He further
explained that they are working towards having the tax value as of
Commissioner Graylen Blevins arrived at .
Bob Pearson talked about the increase in land values due to market prices.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Bob Pearson talked about more emphasis being placed on the last six months of sales data. Mr. Pearson further talked about how they have reviewed the recent sales and all of the sales since June 2005.
Commissioner Warren Taylor and Mary Walker discussed the farm-use values and how the farm-use values will be listed on the October notices.
Bob Pearson stated that after the notices go out, they will hold hearings with property owners regarding their values. He stated that they want to correct errors on any parcel’s information. He gave an example if they have a house listed as a 2-story house, and the house is really a 1 1/2–story house, they want to correct it. He reminded everyone that assessments can up or down.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Bob Pearson talked about this revaluation includes commercial property, too.
The Board of Commissioners discussed scheduling the public hearing for the August 7 meeting.
Sandy Ashley, Social Services
Director, came before the Board to discuss the Work First Local Plan. She explained the Work First program has a
lot of changes on the Federal side. She
stated that she is recommending to postpone writing the plan until the State
decides on how they will comply with the Federal changes. She said that the County must decide whether
to be a standard county or electing county.
She explained the differences between the two options. She stated that her recommendation is that
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a
motion to approve Sandy Ashley’s recommendation of remaining a
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to approve the request of reappointing Barbara Conrad. Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Commissioner Ken Richardson
mentioned an article in Sunday’s Winston-Salem Journal newspaper about
dentists. He stated that the article
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that he agrees. He talked about the Board doing what they can.
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about making this one of his goals for this year.
Commissioner Warren Taylor stated that the Health Department and Hospital is in a much better position to recruit a dentist than the Commissioners. He further stated the need to continue emphasizing the need to the Health Department and Hospital with the Commissioners offering support.
Commissioner Ken Richardson stated that he just wanted to hear if the Commissioners support the idea.
Commissioner Ken Richardson agreed.
Chair Eldon Edwards and Commissioner
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about the Commissioners offering support proactively.
The Board of Commissioners
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about going forward with the letter and allowing the Health Department to respond to the Commissioners on how this would best be accomplished.
Commissioner Ken Richardson
mentioned that the
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked
about attending a reception for Harold Church honoring his 43 years of service
Commissioner Ken Richardson talked about action in the General Assembly that may change the way delinquent motor-vehicle taxes are collected. He further talked about the need to watch for action on this matter.
Chair Eldon Edwards asked for public comments. None were received.
Commissioner Warren Taylor made a
motion to enter into closed session at under NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3)—legal and (a) (4)—economic
Chair Eldon Edwards called a 5- minute recess at .
Commissioner Ken Richardson made a motion to adjourn the closed session at and reconvene the regular meeting. Commissioner Warren Taylor seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Chair Eldon Edwards stated that no decisions were made during closed session.
Being no further business, Commissioner Warren Taylor made a motion to adjourn the meeting at . Commissioner Graylen Blevins seconded the motion. Vote 5:0.
Clerk to the Board