The Aug. 19 meeting began with one agenda item, but it was amended to add three additional items plus a closed session.
The budget discussion did not stay on topic and more than one board member did not appear entirely happy with the outcome. However, at its conclusion, the majority of the board voted not to increase the tax rate and to balance the budget using county reserves.
An item that was equally as important as the budget was not on the agenda. The information was brought to the board by County Administrator Mike Underwood and water system employee Aaron Gay about a water crisis for Jones County that was narrowly averted.
Gay said the City of Gray had a water main break earlier in the week that not only drained the water storage tanks in the city but also most of the water that was in county tanks.
“When that happened, it hurt us, and we were having a problem trying to recover our supply,” he said.