Troup County Commissioners on Tuesday are set to consider paying compensation to members of the Board of Elections and Registration on election days.
County Commission in March had set the board’s compensation at $0 in a 3-1 vote, citing that it was an advisory board, not a working board where members spend time performing office duties or poll work. However, County Manager Tod Tentler noted that members are on call during elections in case of having to examine ballots or other issues that may arise under their purview.
Andy Harper, Elections Supervisor, submitted a letter to the Commission at the request of the Board of Elections that members be paid on the upcoming July 22 U.S. Senate runoff election and all future election dates. Tentler suggested a stipend to cover board members’ time and potential travel expenses.
County Commissioner Tripp Foster, who was the opposing vote in the March meeting, asking to compensate BOER members $100 per month, asked Tentler if he had a recommendation for a stipend amount. Tentler said he thought $100 would be reasonable.
Commissioners on Tuesday also are expected to consider new tax software for the Tax Commissioner’s office at a cost not to exceed $50,000 to company Manatron. County Clerk/CFO Scott Turk said the current software used in the office has seen increasing deficiencies and degradations in customer service over the years and Manatron is the only other vendor that offers the features the Tax Commissioner’s office needs.
In other business, commissioners on Friday voted to allow the Juvenile Court to fill a probation officer position due to a resignation.
Other items Commission will consider Tuesday include:
• Declaring 3 acres the county acquired during extension of Lukken Industrial Drive as surplus for future subdivision and sale.
• Declaring two buses surplus to sell to Meriwether County and using $160,343 in special-purpose, local-option sales tax funds and the revenues from the sales to purchase two replacement buses for the Active Life senior center.
• Approval of a county Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to remain eligible for federal funds.
• A budget amendment for PILOT processing fees. Entities that are on a PILOT - payment in lieu of taxes - program have an agreement to fund salaries and expenses for audits and additional processing the county needs for assessing the PILOT accounts. The current fiscal year will end with $14,478 leftover from the PILOT payments, which staff recommended to roll over into the upcoming fiscal year’s budget of the program.