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Friday, May 22, 2015

Macon County Commissioners Meeting for May 21, 2015
County Manager Presents 2015-2016 Budget Message

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night. The county manager delivered his annual budget message in a presentation that lasted approximately 30 minutes. 



The bottom line dollar amount is $46,646.357, an increase of $1,125,235 (2.47%) over the $45,521,122 asked for in last year's budget proposal [see video and supporting documents associated with the FY 2014-2015 presentation].

Below is a video of the budget message as delivered by the county manager. It is a low resolution video that will be replaced with a high resolution version in the next few days so the slides can be read.

The commissioners established a budget work session for 5 pm on Tuesday, May 25th to work on the budget numbers and begin hearing from departments regarding their requests for the coming year. 


Commissioners then heard a presentation from Warren Cabe, the Emergency Management Director, regarding the new fire district lines for Highlands Fire Department to reflect the construction of a new substation. Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the new lines, as did the county commissioners in Jackson County, who were meeting at the same time in Sylva, because the district crosses county lines.


Commissioners than discussed closing out the Parker Meadows construction project before the fiscal year ended. Commissioners voted to transfer a little over $303,000 from "Fund 56," the nickname for the Tennessee River/Cartoogechaye Creek Sewer Trunk Project Fund, which still had over $500,000 available for use. 

It was noted that the discovery of a grave site (tooth fragment) resulted in an additional expenditure of $244,442.63 to preserve the area according to the wishes of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. A grave marker has also been designed and given an area or prominence in the new recreation facility.


Seth Adams, Macon County Parks and Recreation Director, announced that plans were underway for a grand opening ceremony of the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex to take place on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, August 1st.

Commissioners recessed the meeting until 5 pm on Tuesday, May 21st for a budget work session.

There were no members of the public present at the meeting.

MEDIA ROLL CALL (media outlets with reporters present)

Macon Media (me)
Macon County News and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press

Supporting documents from the meeting are embedded below for your convenience, and in the interest of transparency. Macon Media is currently the only media outlet in the county that makes every document released at meetings available to the public when they are made available to Macon Media.



MAY 21, 2015 – 6 PM

1. Reconvene and welcome – Chairman Corbin

2. Presentation of the recommended Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget – County Manager

3. Approval of fire district map for new Highlands Fire Department sub-station – Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe

4. Discussion of items needed to complete/close-out Parker Meadows Recreational Complex project – County Manager/Finance Director

5. Schedule time(s) for budget work session(s)

6. Adjourn/Recess

NOTE - Copies of the county manager's budget message and proposed budget will be added to this section when he releases them to the public.


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