The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at in the Commissioners' Conference Room
Those present were: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman
Also present were: Deputy
Clerk to the Board
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He explained that several conflicts had arisen so this meeting would only be an hour in length, starting with the discussion on future revenue options because it may be necessary to take action prior to September 4. Then the Board will pick up a few of the land development code workshop items for discussion.
ALTERNATIVE REVENUE SOURCES
Power Point Presentation is included as pages 2 & 3
Land Transfer Tax Sales Tax
Harnett * Lenoir
* = Counties who will place both options on the November ballot.
Mr. Wyatt explained that
two counties have made the decision to have a May sales tax referendum. He explained
that most folks are looking at the numbers and deciding to go with the source
that would generate the most funding for them. It appears that the Land
Transfer Tax would be most advantageous for
Chairman Moyer stated that the Commissioners had worked hand in hand with the Legislature to work for some alternative revenue sources and Medicaid relief for several years. Up until this year it was without success. This year we achieved partial success. We received Medicaid relief but not to the extent of our full Medicaid cost. They removed some of that relief when they took away the sales tax. Our net gain will probably be in the range of $500,000 from Medicaid, no where near the full cost of Medicaid. Chairman Moyer stated that the Board had such a concern that they appointed an Alternative Revenue Task Force last year to take a look at alternative revenue sources and see what a broad spectrum of representatives of the community might recommend to the Board. They recommended as option 1 a full 1 cent sales tax increase. Option 2 was a half percent land transfer tax to be charged on real estate transactions. The Commissioners immediately went to work on both those options. The legislature gave us both of those but changed the percentages to such an extent that in our County’s case the land transfer tax they will allow us to apply will produce almost twice as much money as the sales tax. They did not give us the full one cent and that takes a lot of the money out of that option that the Board was looking for.
Following discussion, Commissioner Young made the motion to put the land transfer tax on the ballot in November and let the citizens decide and to earmark the money for capital projects.
Ervin Bazzle was asked about the referendum and he stated that the Board of Education fully supports the Board of Commissioners’ intent and will help mount a campaign.
A vote was taken on the motion and passed unanimously.
LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE
Chairman Moyer stated that a couple of issues had come up since the last meeting on this issue.
Self Storage Units
Chairman Moyer stated that the Board needed to address the issue of self storage units, where they will be allowed and where they will not.
That memo will be
attached as part of these minutes.
Anthony reviewed the timeline with the Board concerning an application
for a conditional use permit for construction of a self-storage warehouse at
the intersection of Hwy. #191 and
The application was
submitted for a conditional use permit in May 2006. In July 2006 the Sedgewood property owners
submitted a test amendment to remove self-storage warehouses and light
industrial uses from the Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District which abuts
their neighborhood. In August 2006 the Planning Board considered the
application and voted 7 to 2 in favor of the application with staff’s suggested
modifications. In September 2006 the Board of Adjustment approved the
self-storage warehouse at Hwy. #191 and
Chairman Moyer asked Anthony to prepare the timeline so the Board could have a discussion on this issue. The Board changed it to Local Commercial which did not allow self-storage warehouses and then by changing the chart the Board put it back in under Local Commercial. Chairman Moyer stated that was not his intent.
Discussion followed with the other Commissioners in agreement. Commissioner McGrady felt that the Board should take action today to correct a mistake the Board made at the last meeting. The Board was looking at a broad county-wide decision when they put it back and they were looking at one particular case when they changed the text amendment, a much narrower issue. If the Board changes it back, it will affect the whole county.
Following additional discussion, Chairman Moyer made the motion to delete self-storage warehouses from the Local Commercial District. A vote was taken and the motion passed three to two with Commissioners Williams and Young voting nay.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to adjourn the meeting at All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman