County sets school tax referendum


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CULLMAN – The Cullman County Commission held its first work session and meeting of 2019 Tuesday morning. The work session was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and the commissioners, along with County Attorney Chad Floyd, met with a county employee, members of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and county engineers. The Cullman Tribune was denied access to the work session discussions.

In the meeting, the commission authorized Chairman Kenneth Walker to sign an agreement with Arab Water Works for the billing and collection of Cullman County sanitation charges.

Floyd explained, “There are about 600 households that Arab bills to (for electricity) that our sanitation (department) services.” 

The commission also met with officials from Cullman City, Cullman County and Arab City Schools to discuss a special referendum to be held on March 19, 2019 for citizens to vote on the continuation and renewal of existing property tax allocation for schools. 

Attorneys representing the school systems addressed the commission and clarified that the tax is not new or an increase. State law requires the allocation be renewed through a referendum every 30 years. 

The school districts asked to meet with the Cullman County Probate Judge to coordinate what all the boards of education, including Arab, can do to facilitate this. The commission approved the special referendum. 

The commission entered into an executive session to discuss an “employee issue.” After a long private discussion with Floyd, the commissioners returned, but no details or information was made public. 

The commission also:

  • authorized the commission as fiscal agent for the Department of Youth Services grant for Youth Advocacy Program
  • authorized a FEMA application and matching funds to replace generators
  • authorized Walker’s reappointment of Raymond Williams to the Industrial Development Authority until Jan. 19, 2025
  • authorized Commissioner Kerry Watson’s reappointment of Brannon Ray to the Industrial Development Authority until Jan. 19, 2025
  • authorized Commissioner Garry Marchman’s reappointment of Wendy Crider to the Industrial Development Authority until Jan. 19, 2025
  • authorized payment to the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc. for county liability coverage for the period of Jan. 1, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020 at a premium cost of $391,623
  • authorized payment of $18,228.24 to Sharp Communication, Inc. for a volunteer fire department service contract
  • authorized the purchase or parts for repair for tar distribution truck or $8,692
  • approved a plat for Windemere Lakeside Garden Homes Subdivision located in District 2 on County Road 51

The next commission work session will be Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m., followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. in the commission meeting room in the Cullman County Courthouse. 

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