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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA†††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF HENDERSON†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††NOVEMBER 18, 2004


The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissionersí Conference Room of the Henderson County Office Building at 100 North King Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina.


Those present were: Vice-Chairman Larry Young, Commissioner Bill Moyer, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin and Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley.


Absent were: Chairman Grady Hawkins and Commissioner Charlie Messer.


Attached as a part of these minutes is the list of 20 students who attended from the four high schools, members of the Leadership Development of Henderson County - Class of 2004/2005.



Commissioner Young called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance. He explained that the purpose of this meeting was to meet with local High School students, answer questions from them and explain about local government. He discussed the terms of service for Commissioners, stating that members servefour year terms. He also explained that the Board adopts the budget for the County each year, and explained how the property tax rate was determined.


Commissioner Baldwin explained that the Board of Commissioners is the policy maker for the County, and that Staff implements those policies. He discussed some of the differences between County government and other levels such as municipal, state or federal. He explained that County government was essentially an extension of the General Assembly, which defined a great deal of what the Board had the authority to do.


Commissioner Moyer then discussed how the Board of Commissioners works with the School Board to provide the best possible educational system. He explained how roads are handled in North Carolina and the function of municipalities within the County. He also discussed economic development and some of the tools used to attract businesses to the area.


The Board answered several questions from the students in the areas of tax rate and property valuation, grant programs, animal control projects, disaster relief and flood plains.



At approximately 9:55 a.m., Commissioner Young thanked the students for coming and adjourned the meeting.






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Amy R. Brantley, Deputy Clerk to the Board†††† Larry Young, Vice-Chairman