County adopts budget
by Neil B. McGahee
Mar 06, 2014 | 1555 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nearly 100 people jammed into the Bartow County Commissioner’s hearing room Wednesday to see or comment on the county’s budget.

They had a short visit — in 37 minutes it was over.

County Administrator Peter Olson presented an amended 2013 budget as well as the current 2014 budget.

“The great news is that we remained well within our budget in 2013,” he said, “and it looks like we will be able to maintain that momentum through the next year.”

After a brief perusal and a question or two, the two budgets were approved.

Some of the other 26 items of business addressed in this session included:

• filed application to the Department of Transportation for FY2015 transit funding.

Olson described it as an annual shopkeeping chore that brings in a considerable amount of funds.

• approved an automatic aid for fire and first responders agreement with Polk County.

Attorney Keith Lovell said the agreement allows citizens living in a Polk County portion of Taylorsville to receive automatic aid from county agencies. Bartow County emergency response, in some cases, may be closer to the roughly 5-square-mile area than Polk County departments.

• approved an intergovernmental agreement with Floyd County regarding an upcoming concert venue to be a held after the annual Atlanta Steeplechase.

• amended an intergovernmental agreement with Adairsville relating to jail fees.

• eliminated certain post-employment benefits for new and retired employees.

• authorized an agreement with Courtware Solutions to process credit cards for property tax payments.

• presented a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to the city of Cartersville, Cartersville Development Authority, Bartow County Board of Tax Assessors and Aquafil USA for future expansion of Aquafil’s carpet extrusion and operations facility.

• authorized the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to conduct a comprehensive classification and comprehension study.