Young County Commissioners hosted the first of two public hearings on the proposed tax rate Monday.

Kent Pettus asked if the commissioners had considered a unified road and bridge maintenance program.

Commissioners gave their input on the topic, and Pettus suggested they study and publish the findings.

County Auditor Cheryl Roberts opened two bids for employee medical insurance at the meeting and heard from the representatives who supplied them.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Sipes said he had a hard time deciding between the two bids because neither of them represented options that aligned with his principles of insurance. He asked why no HSA or HRA option was provided, and the insurance representatives said it wasn’t included in the request for bids.

Bullock asked insurance reps what the penalties would be if the county was fined for not offering insurance, and it was reported to be $2,000 or $3,000 per person and expected to rise.
Commissioners also discussed employee raises and decided on a 3 percent raise for all employees and elected officials except the constables who will receive a salary adjustment with a larger increase from $12,483 to $19,200. Salary and compensation expenses of elected county officials will be published as a public notice in the Aug. 18 of The Graham Leader.

Also in Monday’s meeting, commissioners seemed in agreement to move forward with the creation of an elections administrator position.

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But in a vote of 2-3, with Bullock and Precinct 3 Commissioner Stacey Rogers in favor and Sipes, Pruitt and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jimmy Wiley in opposition, the allocation of funds for repairing the old Law Enforcement Center was rejected.

Further discussion on choosing employee health coverage is on the agenda for a commissioners meeting scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the courthouse.

The second public hearing on the proposed tax rate, along with a review of the county budget, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.