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NEMiss.News County Supervisors March 6, 2023



The Union County Board of Supervisors dealt with a short agenda during its Monday, March 6 meeting.

The board approved the lowest bid from Riddle Heating and Air for $15,939 to replace the HVAC unit in the Chancery Court Building.

The consent agenda included routine approvals of statements of expenditures, claims docket payments, and board minutes.

The county administrator, comptroller, and chancery clerk were approved to attend the Mississippi Association of County Administrators & Comptrollers (MACAC) Spring Conference in Ridgeland in April.

The board discussed proposals for Engineering Services and approved services from the Elliott & Britt engineering firm for the industrial project at Martintown North.

New sheriff’s department employees were approved.

Deleting a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Dodge Ram from the inventory was approved.

The board approved G&O Supply, Inc. for a culvert project for $7,009.

The tax assessor’s office received approval for the surrendered tag list, petitions for assessment reduction/increase, and payroll authorization for Cody Roberts as deputy assessor.

The Union County board will meet again at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20.

Video of full meeting by Kenny S Studio: https://youtu.be/l5ww1Be5IPc

New Albany MS 2019-2020 Budget feature

The Union County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on its 2019-2020 budget during its regular Tuesday, Sept. 3rd meeting.

The 84-page budget anticipates total revenue for the 2019-2020 fiscal year of $19,216,815.

Included are an anticipated $8.4-million in property tax revenue; $1.95-million in license, commission and other revenue; $2.125-million from the federal government, and $4.47-million from the state of Mississippi.
There is no change in the tax levy (total millage rate) for the coming year.

The county board learned Tuesday morning that the New Albany-Union County Airport will receive a $333,612 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a $9,267 grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the installation of LED runway lighting. The county was required to appropriate $4,633.50 as its share of the runway lighting project. Thus the total cost: $347,513. Airport board President Gary Cooper, and Susana Cook of the Garver Engineering firm, told the board of the grants received for runway lighting.

The board approved an inter-fund loan of $123,198.74 from the county’s General Fund to the Martintown Industrial Access Road Fund for the road being built through the Martintown North Industrial Park. It is anticipated that the county will be reimbursed from grant funds.

The county accepted the donation of a new truck from the Ingomar Volunteer Fire Department. The truck was paid for by funds raised by the Ingomar volunteer fire fighters. Although the new truck will be used and housed by the Ingomar fire department, it was given to the county so it can be insured under the county’s insurance plans.

The board also approved routine expenditures including:

  • Attendance of justice court clerks at a conference in Jackson.
  • Claim forms from elections commissioners.
  • Pay to the circuit clerk for Registrar services.
  • Medical examiner fees.

The Union County Board of Supervisors will meet again on Monday, Sept. 16th.

New Albany MS County Budget

2019-2020 budget (click to enlarge)

Union County MS County board 15 April 2019 best bid

A local bank official told the Union County board Monday morning, that the “lowest” bid is not always the “best” bid when awarding county business.

Comparative impact of banking institutions

James R. “Bo” Collins, president of BNA Bank, reminded members of the Union County Board of Supervisors of the philanthropic work BNA Bank did last year, and every year for decades, for the community. BNA paid $153,829 during 2018 into Union County government and philanthropic operations.  This includes ad valorem taxes, contributions to the Union County Historical Society, the Tanglefoot Trail, the UCDA, Main Street, and Magnolia Civic Center,

According to publically available sources, during the same period Bancorp South contributed $18,292 (12% of the amount contributed by BNA). Renasant Bank contributed $17,345 (11% of BNA’s contribution). Regions Bank contributed $5,359 (3% of BNA’s contribution).

Local banks benefit local citizens

However, Supervisors recently placed an $8.5-million one-year certificate of deposit (CD) with Bancorp South.  Bancorp will provide total interest income of $185,000, compared to a bid of $181,000 from BNA. This is a $4,000 difference in income for the year.

BNA Bank is locally owned and has approximately 850 shareholders.  Most of the shareholders live in Union County. Collins told the supervisors that money put on deposit at a local bank is loaned out to local customers. Local borrowers use the funds for commercial, residential and other local needs.

Collins acknowledged that the other banks are solid institutions. He said that Bancorp and Rensasant had made significant contributions to the welfare of the community. However, he urged the supervisors to consider the overall impact on the community when awarding future bids on business.

State law does not require boards to award bids to the lowest bidder, but rather to the best bid. This allows consideration of the overall impact on the community when placing county business.

Routine county business transacted

In other business:

  • The board reappointed T. R. Trout its representative on the TVA Regional Housing Authority.
  • Approved fees payable to the circuit clerk, the deputy medical examiner, and the county elections commissioners.
  • Authorized legal advertising and set a May 20 bid opening for construction of an access road to the Martintown North Industrial site.

The Union County Board of Supervisors will meet again on Monday, May 6, 2019.