May 20, 2019 Special Session


The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Special Session on May 20, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC.  Those present for the meeting were: Danny Burleson, Chairman; Vern Grindstaff, Vice-Chairman; Jeff Harding, Member; Steve Pitman, Member; Jacob Willis, Member; and Kathy Young, County Manager.  Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Director; and Cory Spiers, Reporter with the Mitchell News Journal.


  1. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Burleson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
  2. INVOCATION – Commissioner Pitman gave the invocation.
  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE– Commissioner Willis led the Pledge of Allegiance.
    In accordance with the State Government Ethics Act, it is the duty of every Board member to avoid both conflicts of interest and appearance of conflict. Does any board member have any known conflicts of interest or appearances of conflict with respect to any matters coming before the Board?  If so, please identify the conflict or appearance of conflict and refrain from any undue participation in the particular matter involved.
  5. PRESENTATION OF FY 19-20 BUDGET– County Manager Young provided the Board with the following Budget Message:In accordance with North Carolina General Statute §159-11 and with direction from the Mitchell County Board of Commissioners, I respectfully submit the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for Mitchell County. The proposed budget totals $19,190,776 for all county operations, capital improvements, and debt service requirements.  This budget reflects a 5.4% decrease from the current FY 2018-2019 adopted budget of $20,291,706.  The proposed 2019-2020 budget is balanced with a tax rate of $0.58 per ($100.00) based on current value of real, personal and vehicle property valuation of $1,825,606,206.  The revenue is based on a tax collection rate of 96.42% as of June 30, 2018.  The proposed budget is balanced and prepared in accordance with the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act.

    The FY 2019-2020 proposed budget is being presented for your consideration.

    Revenues & Expenses:

    Property & Vehicle Tax revenues make up 55.2% of this proposed budget. Sales tax revenues result in an additional 19.6%.  We have seen a slight increase in sales tax revenues in recent months and have projected a 5.5% increase in the coming year. 7% of our revenues result from fees, licenses, and other sales & services. 2.7% Fund Balance Appropriation includes $156,000 for EDC Industry Recruitment and $355,333 for general operations.  The remaining 15.5% is restricted Federal & State Funds.

    Overall expenses remain constant from previous years with 75.5% allocated for all department operations, services & capital expenditures, 23% for outside agency funding (which includes schools), and 1.5% for Debt Service, Revaluation Fund, & Contingency requirements.

    The FY 2019-2020 proposed budget reflects a tax rate of $.58 per $100 valuation with aggressive revenues estimates and conservative expenditures.

    I appreciate all the hard work and cooperation of everyone who assisted me with this proposed budget.  I, along with the department heads, am committed to being fiscally responsible and accountable for the FY 2019-2020 budget.

    I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mavis for her dedication, support and excellence in maintaining the financial records of the county.

    Commissioner Harding asked County Manager Young about the price of the mower for recreation.  County Manager Young stated she had met with Mr. Duncan about getting other prices on the mower.  She said that she would follow up with Mr. Duncan.

    Commissioner Harding stated he was not happy about the way Toe River Health District was going to be funded.

    Chairman Burleson stated it would take a 3-cent tax increase for Toe River Health District and personally he felt they tax payers were paying enough.

    • Changed Order #5 for the 911 Center
    • Agreement with Young Miller & Gillespie
    • JCPC County Funding Plan for FY 18-19
    • Adding the following positions to our Pay Plan
    • Administrative Officer I Grade 67
    • Human Services Planner/Evaluator I Grade 68
    • Human Services Planner/Evaluator II Grade 70
    • Human Services Planner/Evaluator III Grade 72

    Commissioner Willis moved to approve the Consent Agenda Items (a copy is hereby attached and becomes a part of the minutes).  Commissioner Harding seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  7. ADJOURNMENT– Commissioner Grindstaff moved to adjourn the meeting.Commissioner Willis seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.