PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
DECEMBER 1, 2008, 9:30 A.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.
NOTE: THE BOARD WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL BREAKFAST MEETING WITH THE STAFF OF THE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, BEGINNING AT 8 A.M. ON DECEMBER 1, 2008, AT THE AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER OFF HIGHWAY 321 BUSINESS IN SOUTH NEWTON.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive an informational report from the Economic Development Corporation on Industrial Development Fund Infrastructure funding and recruitment of data centers to North Carolina; and observe as re-elected County Commissioners Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker and Register of Deeds Donna Spencer take their Oaths of Office for new four-year terms, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2008, in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room of the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
The Board will also hold its annual organizational meeting to select a chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year and appoint commissioners to serve on Board subcommittees, consider tax refund requests, and present the County’s Budget staff with a 2008 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
OATHS OF OFFICE
The Board will observe as re-elected County Commissioners Barbara G. Beatty and Dan A. Hunsucker and re-elected Register of Deeds Donna Hicks Spencer take the Oaths of Office for new four-year terms in their respective offices.
The Board will hold its annual organizational meeting to select a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the next year, appoint a County Attorney, and appoint commissioners to serve on Board subcommittees, on the Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health Partners and Catawba Valley Medical Center Boards, and other community boards.
The Board will present the County’s Budget staff with a 2008 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the
Government Finance Officers Association. The award is given to local governments that prepare and publish a budget
document judged to be both informative and understandable. Catawba County has won the award for 19 consecutive years.
A. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The Board is expected to receive an informational report on two economic development issues that staff recommends be included in the Board’s State Legislative Agenda. The first would ask the North Carolina General Assembly to allow all tier 1 and 2 counties to be eligible for Industrial Development Fund (IDF) infrastructure funding, and to increase funding per job to $15,000 for tier 1 counties and $10,000 per job for tier 2 counties. Catawba County is currently classified as a tier 2 county. The State’s IDF funding helps challenged communities refurbish and redevelop outdated and obsolete industrial facilities. These funds are currently given only to the lower 25 of the 40 economically distressed Tier 2 counties. Since available funds have increased since the original legislation was enacted, Catawba County staff believes this restriction should be reconsidered and that funds should be available to communities such as Catawba County that have experienced significant manufacturing layoffs and closings, and have a large number of available obsolete facilities.
The second issue recommended for the Board’s upcoming State Legislative Agenda is that the General Assembly support the recruitment of data centers across the State by revising and updating the definition of an “eligible data center” so that these data centers would be exempt from sales taxes on electricity.
B. TAX DEPARTMENT
The Board will consider two tax refund requests totaling $1420.81. Records have been checked and these refunds verified, so the Tax Collector recommends approval. Under North Carolina General Statute 105-381, a taxpayer who has paid his or her taxes may request a refund in writing for an amount paid through error.
CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464