County purchases land to change Porter Drive
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously after a short closed-door session during Monday night’s meeting to purchase two parcels of land equaling 1.76 acres for $21,200 in order to change the entrance at Porter Drive.
According to County Administrator Bob Thomas, it is cheaper for the county to buy the land in order to move the road than it is to fix a culvert that is in need of repair at the current entrance of Porter Drive.
After holding a hearing before the county’s regular session, the commissioners unanimously approved three rezoning requests including a request to rezone 5.82 acres at 918 Elbert Street from general business to industrial for a truck and body shop.
Also approved was a request to rezone two acres on Ruckersville Road from residential to general business for a proposed dance studio and a request to rezone 365 acres on Harley Rucker Road from agriculture to industrial for an aggregate quarry.
The board also approved a motion granting Thomas permission to request and negotiate for two used vans for the Elbert County Senior Center. The funds for the vans will come from the 2017 SPLOST and the budget allocated for the Senior Center.
The county has scheduled a budget hearing on July 18 at noon during which they hope to approve the final budget for the 2020 fiscal year.
Chief Financial Officer Phil Pitts told the commissioners during their work session that he is “trying to make it balance at this point.”
After calculating a deficit of around $200,000 at the end of the 2019 fiscal year, Pitts said he wants to “study this thing [budget] very carefully before bringing the final numbers for review.”
Pitts attributed the deficit in last fiscal year’s budget to a rollback in the millage rate combined with many requests for appeal to property values.