STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA                                           BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON                                                                                    MAY 9, 2000


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioners= Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building at 100 North King Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina.


Those present were:  Chairman Grady Hawkins, Vice-Chair Bill Moyer, Commissioner Renee Kumor, Commissioner Don Ward, Commissioner Marilyn Gordon, and County Manager David E. Nicholson.


Also present were: Finance Director J. Carey McLelland and Budget Analyst Selena Coffey.


Absent was Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn. Mr. Nicholson prepared notes in Mrs. Corn=s absence for the preparation of these minutes.



Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance.


FY 2000-2001 BUDGET


The Board discussed the payment from the City of Hendersonville for the sale of the Mud Creek Sewer System.  It was the Board=s consensus that these funds, less the $5,000 option payment for the Water Department Building, would be placed in a Sewer Capital Reserve Fund.  They also decided that all of the costs of the Utilities Department would be transferred to the Cane Creek Enterprise Fund. 


Governing Body

The Chairman asked permission from the Board to allow for some extra hours for the part-time clerk position in the Governing Body=s budget to assist the Clerk to the Board with catching up with the minutes.


Legal Department

The Board discussed the creation of the Legal Department.  Commissioner Moyer made the motion to approve the creation of the Legal Department.  The motion included the addition of the Human Services Attorney and Paralegal=s positions.  All voted in favor and the motion carried.


Departments reviewed

The Board reviewed and discussed the budgets of the following departments:


Information Technology Department

Justice Wide Area Network

Sheriff=s Department



Assessor=s Department

Robert Baird, County Assessor, introduced Johnny Bailey and Stan Duncan with the NC Dept. of Revenue=s Ad Valorem Tax Division.  The Board had raised the issue at the previous workshop on the cycle of Land Use Audits.  According to Mr. Bailey, although the law states that this must be done during the eight-year revaluation cycle, the law allows Counties to have more frequent revaluations.  Based on this ability, the Land Use Audits should be completed within the revaluation cycle, which the Board sets.  The Board discussed several other property tax questions with Mr. Bailey.


The Board set the following dates for budget workshops:


May 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

May 15 @ 1:00 p.m.

May 22 @ 2:00 p.m. - this will be a joint meeting with the Board of Public Education.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:45 p.m.







Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board              Grady Hawkins, Chairman