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Commissioners who are members of the Education and Budget Committees were to meet jointly Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing LHS situation, but the meeting was cancelled and has not been rescheduled.

In other business, a resolution to levy a 5-percent amusement tax on sales within the proposed Bible Park (BPU) failed to pass the commission by one vote on second reading Monday night. The measure was required to be voted on twice and to be passed by two-thirds of the entire commission.

While the resolution requires 17 yes votes to pass, it received only 16 yes votes and 7 no votes, with Scott and Commissioners Larry West, District 1; Fred Weston, District 3; Jim Emberton, District 4; Bob Neal, District 11; Billy Rowland, District 12; and L.T. Jenkins, District 19, voting no, and Commissioners Paul Abercrombie, District 24; and Gary Tarpley, District 9, absent.

It failed after an attempt to get the resolution deferred by Commissioners Mike Justice, District 15; and Jeff Joines, District 14, lost.

“This will set us back a couple of months, but we’re not down for the count,” said Tom Jurkovich, BPU attorney.

The commission also approved the school system’s request to amend its budget to include $43,000 collected as tuition and fees at five new preschools which opened this summer. The money will be used to purchase playground equipment and supplies for the preschools.

On the recommendation of Jenkins, the commission voted to send a request to the state legislature to increase the per diem for court officers from $85 to $100 per day.

Jenkins pointed out that people doing the same job in Davidson County make just over $62,000 per year, while his salary for 112 days this year will be less than $10,000.The legislation would also include a provision that $100 was a minimum and that it could be increased no more than once a year by the commission. The resolution passed with Bush, Scott and West voting no.

The commission also agreed to hire Randy Sanders of Sitis Tax Consultants to audit tax records on a commission fee-basis. (If the county collects money from tax errors he discovers he is paid 15 percent of the amount collected.)

The commission also agreed to change two part time Judicial Commissioner positions into one full time position, with West, Bush and Thomas opposed. One of the two part time employees is retiring on Dec. 31. Funding for the position was also approved.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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