MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JANUARY 11, 1994



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on January 11, 1994, at 2:10 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Fred Wilkerson, Chairman

V. C. Cannon

Sue B. Suggs



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Sarah Blakely and Rani Partridge, Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson Law Firm.



Mr. Barron stated that the purpose of this special meeting is to meet with representatives from Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson Law Firm, to discuss the county's special assessments and other revenue sources, to possibly fund a door-to-door garbage collection service. Mr. Barron explained that currently we have some assessments in place, and there may be enough funds in solid waste to fund such a collection service for 6 months at no charge to county residents. Mr. Barron stated that there is approximately $250,000 that could be used for debt service on landfill closure, or as a pilot program for door-to-door collection.



Ms. Blakely spoke to the Board about various revenue sources that may be available to the county. The Florida constitution restricts the county's ability to collect revenues. Municipal Services Taxing Units are allowed by constitution. Local option sales tax is one source available to the county. Mr. Barron stated that the retail base in Gilchrist County is shrinking. People are going out of the county to do their purchasing. Another revenue source is franchise fees from utility companies. The Board of County Commissioners have the authority to regulate and charge for that regulation of utility companies. According to Ms. Blakeley, special assessments must provide a particular benefit to the community and a method of reasonably apportioning the cost for each property must be determined.



Ms. Blakely stated that the fee her company would charge could be incorporated into the special assessment, and paid over a period of time.



The Board thanked Ms. Blakely for attending today's meeting and advised her that the information she supplied will be taken into consideration for future assessments.



APPROVED:







FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK