The hearing was about the county’s 2014 budget and started with County Administrator Mike Underwood stating that Jones County’s tax rate would not be going up this year despite indications to the contrary in preliminary budget meetings.
The administrator said the budget is balanced without the use of fund balance, which is the first time that has happened in several years. In addition to all that good news, Underwood said the county’s contingency fund is projected at $260,000.
Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins asked for any questions about the budget and got no response, but when he asked for any comments, Bright came to the podium.
“I want to bring you up to date. Last Monday, while we were trying Pamela Moss for murder, I got word that you canned Keagan Waystack, our county-funded assistant district attorney,” he said. “Yesterday morning my state-funded assistant district attorney, Gregory Bushway, resigned.”
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