By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Commissioners had its first meeting of the New Year Jan. 2 at the Dade
Administrative Building with all commissioners present except Mitchell Smith
who had a death in his family and was unable to attend.
held its monthly workshop prior to the meeting and discussed several items and
placed them on the consent agenda and later approved all those items.
The first item
was to set the qualifying fees for local elected offices that will be coming up
for election this year. The Commission approved a qualifying fee for County
Commissioner of $120 and for the Dade County School Board the fee will be $18.
also approved a resolution to obtain a line of credit or tax anticipation loan
up to $800,000. This line of credit will only be used if needed but it was
pointed out that each of the last four years the line of credit has been
necessary to maintain county business.
also appointed Commissioner Robert Goff as the Dade County Legislative
Coordinator, a position he has held for the past several years. Goff keeps the
Commission informed on legislative issues that are being considered by the
in the FY14 Budget were amended to show transfers from different areas of the
The Dade County
Employee Handbook was amended to comply with the Affordable Care Act in terms
of guidelines for full time employees. The change was from 32 hours to 30 hours
that reflects the statutory definition of full-time employee.
Also added to
Section 5.3 – Annual Leave was the sentence, “Annual leave may not be cashed
“unused sick leave” was also added to Section 8.1 – Separation from Employment
as it pertains to death. The wording now reads, “All compensation; unused sick
leave; and up to 160 hours of accrued annual leave due under the terms of this
handbook, if any, shall be paid to the employee’s estate or surviving spouse as
provided by law.”
also updated the FTZ Zero Tolerance Drug-Free Workplace policy as required by
the State of Georgia.
Commissioners’ reports Scottie Pittman commended the Chamber of Commerce on the
excellent Christmas parade saying, “it was one of the best ever and was enjoyed
Pittman also reported a lot of maintenance work was going on at the park since
mowing season was over. He also reported on vandalism at the park with
restrooms being vandalized and the concession stand being broken into.
don’t have any suspects but he emphasized that those responsible would be
prosecuted when arrested. He also stated they are planning to update
surveillance equipment in the area as well.
Robert Goff reported that local option sales tax revenue declined again in
December and you would have to go back several years to find a lower amount.
The December amount was $135,591.85. The December 2012 amount was $152,652.18
and 2011 came it at $169,325.44.
reported that the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) was down to
$169,490.60. The 2012 amount was $190,815.39 and in 2011 the total was
Allan Bradford reported that all was going well at the transfer station and
that markers had been obtained for Burkhalter Gap Road and as soon as weather
permitted they would be installed.
Executive Ted Rumley reported several individuals had spoken to him about the
65-5 tax exemption that the School Board is asking Legislatures to put on the
ballot to amend. Rumley explained that the Board of Education had the authority
to do so but he was personally against any changes to the policy and would vote
against it if it in fact appears on the ballot.
asked all Commissioners present to comment and they all agreed the Board of
Education can request the amendment but they all stated they were not in favor
and would vote against any resolution to change the current policy.
stated that the amendment has major changes, not minimal, as has been suggested
by the BOE and School Superintendent.
then heard from representatives from the Dade County Public Library, Chamber of
Commerce and 4-H as well as Puckett Ambulance Service before adjourning the