By Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Greene County Administrator John Barkley gave his report to the Board of Supervisor’s at their first April meeting. The highlight of his report was the new County website . The website is much more user friendly and allows more transactions to be performed on line than in the past. In addition, it is much better organized and a separate tab on “how do I….” to help users find information they are seeking.
A major enhancement to financial information to the public is the link to three financial reports – 1) March Financial Reports, 2) YTD Expenditure Summary and 3) AP 4-12-16. The one comment from the public was thanking the Board of Supervisors for making this data available on the county website.
In addition to the website, Barkley updated the Board on several other issues. He announced that the new budget and tax rate (which has a 2.5 cent increase) has been advertised and there will be a public hearing on April 26th starting at 6:30 pm at the William Monroe High School auditorium. .
The reservoir project continues forward with two more properties needed to be acquired to complete the purchase of land required. Financing scenarios are being reviewed and comparing those to neighboring counties and should be presented to the Board in May or June.
The last major issue that Mr. Barkley covered was that the county is reviewing several vendors to provide live streaming video of the Board of Supervisor meetings so that citizens can view the meeting without physically attending to the meeting.
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