Board of County Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Meeting
Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Community Action Council (CAC) Director of Case Management Services Sherry. Neil, requested approval of the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Application for Fiscal Year 2007 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development. The ESG Program provides funds to prevent homelessness and to help improve the quality of existing emergency and transitional shelters for the homeless in Washington County. It is also designed to help meet the shelter's maintenance and operating costs and providing essential supportive services to those homeless individuals. Community Action Council would receive $25,000, CASA would receive $10,000, St. John's Shelter would receive $10,000 and REACH, Inc. would receive $5,000 from the grant, for a total of $50,000. The measure, to accept the grant agreement and four sub-recipient agreements was approved by unanimous vote.
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Daniel Moeller of Rohrersville commented on Bard of Education retirement accounts, and the County's deferred compensation program.
Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray brought a discussion of the budget taken to Public Hearing on May 22nd before the Board. There are several items that must be adopted when the budget is approved, including the semi-annual interest rate charge on bonds. The Tax rate must be formally adopted, and the discount for prompt payment of property taxes is recommended to be discontinued, due to a Treasurer's Department software problem. Those items were recommended for discussion at next week's meeting, and were approved. In addition, last year's $150 tax rebate has to date had no time limit, but with the end of the fiscal year, Murray recommended making June 30th the last day for application for the checks. Some citizens who owned property in the County and were eligible to receive the refund have stated they did not receive the rebate check, and were asked to call the Budget and Finance office at 240-313-2300 for details. County Administrator Greg Murray told the Board there were several other items in the Capital Improvement Budget that should be addressed, including Highway Maintenance projects. A list of those projects will be developed for next week's meeting, Murray said. Several school issues remain outstanding, including possibility of construction of a cafeteria at Fountaindale Elementary and location of a new Alternative School.