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Citizens packed the courthouse for the Aug. 29 commission meeting with many speaking against proposed changes. A workshop with commissioners and planning and zoning board members from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Meeting heated June 25; budget approval postponed to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27

In the June 25 commission meeting, there were sharp exchanges between a commissioner and the county manager and between a commissioner and a citizen which caused the chairman to bang the gavel and stand between the men to stop the argument and return the meeting to order.

Commissioners held a closed, executive session to discuss personnel early in the meeting because “some of the decisions the board can make could change things in the budget,” according to county manager Brandon Rogers. 
In previous meetings, commissioners discussed whether or not to fill the seven empty positions at the county’s public works department and whether or not to downsize the assessor’s office and contract out re-assessments instead of doing them in-house.

However, no action was taken after the closed session to discuss personnel and commissioners voted to postpone the final budget approval later in the meeting.

“I’m asking for you to entertain a motion to postpone the final adoption to give the county manager the ability to make some necessary budget decisions,” said county attorney Rob Morton. 
A special called meeting was set for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27 to approve the county’s budget. The fiscal year starts July 1.

Commissioners heard from citizens during a 20-minute public comment session on the proposed budget at their June 25 meeting.

Read an update online Friday or read the entire story from the June 25 and June 27 meetings in the next edition of the Pike County Journal Reporter.

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