Valdosta Daily Times

April 8, 2014

Board of Assessors appeals to state supreme court

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — During Monday’s work session, the Lowndes County Commissioners heard an appeal request from the county’s Board of Assessors Office. Recently, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in Clyattville was appraised by the Board of Equalization, and this board decreased the company’s property value by 15 percent, which equates to approximately $3.4 million, county officials state. If the appeal is approved by the commissioners, then it will head to the state’s Supreme Court.

The Board of Equalization’s decision to reduce the value was based on the plants parts inventory, but  Chief Appraiser Silas Hrobar explained that this was based on spare parts in the box, waiting to be used.

This item was added to the Tuesday night agenda and will be voted on by the commissioners. Only if the item is unanimously approved will it then go to the state Supreme Court to be appealed.

Two of the County’s departments are requesting approval to apply for grants.

The Lowndes county Sheriff’s Office is seeking a grant from the state to fund innovative ideas and programs that will go towards the county’s traffic safety programs.

This grant will reimburse the Sheriff’s Office for their expenditures up to a specific amount. Also, the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency needs approval to apply for a 2014 Homeland Security Grant to purchase nine automatic external defibrillators to be placed in buildings around the county.

On March 25, the county commissioners awarded a construction contract to the Scruggs Company for the widening of Val Del Road, and during the surveying of the road, the County’s engineering department noticed cross drain issues where four pipes were separated and needed to be repaired. Scruggs did the work on Friday before the rain this past weekend, so Scruggs is requesting a Change Order for the work they performed. This repair added $78,892, but according to the County, it needed to be done before the road could be widened.

The utilities department is requesting to sell a tractor via a buy back option to purchase a new tractor. Utility Department head Mike Allen requested the commissioners approve the bid from Nashville Tractor in the amount of $23,050. The cost of the new tractor will be $63,500, with the buy back offer at $40,450.

Lowndes County Commissioners will vote on three rezoning requests and to fill a vacant seat on the Keep Lowndes – Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB) Board.

At the end of the meeting, Carl Onyeka from KLVB requested a 15 percent increase in funding because the organization has operated with the same budget since the organization was founded in 1997. The KLVB receives its funding from the county through the $1 tipping fee at the landfill. If approved, Onyeka said this increase will not affect the county’s budget.

The Lowndes County Commissioners will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.