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Sunday booze sales on 2012 ballot?

A proposal to place the ban on Sunday alcohol sales in Baker County up for a vote on the 2012 ballot will be considered at the Baker County Commission’s October 3 meeting.

It’s buried in a lengthy agenda that also include a workshop on per parcel assessments in lieu of traditional millage, or property tax, rates subject to value exemptions for homesteads, agriculture use and other circumstances.

He’s the complete agenda courtesy of county administrators:



Tuesday – October 4, 2011

3:00 p.m. Workshop on Special Assessments

4:00 p.m.  Public Forum with Commissioners and County Manager

5:00 p.m.  Regular Agenda

  1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Presentation of Amendment to the Agenda (if any)

  1. Approval of Regular Agenda

  1. Approval of Consent Agenda Items
  1. Expense Report
  1. Approval of Minutes September 19, 2011
  1. Renewal of Portable Restroom Service Contract

Henry A. Vorpe, Jr., P.E. agent for Max Davis, President, R.H. Davis Oil Co.

  1.  Committee Reports or Items

  1. Constitutional Officers

  1. Persons Wishing to Appear
  1. Dawn Emerick/Health Planning Council Annual Report

  1. County Manager
  1. Approval Propane Gas Bid
  1. 2012 Referendum regarding alcohol sales on Sunday
  1. Update on timber replanting at Shoals Park
  1. Update on ZOD wells at old landfill+

  1. Commission Comments

  1. County Attorney Comments

  1.  Persons wishing to appear who are not on the agenda (limit 3 minutes)

  1. Adjourn



City budget hearing set for Sept. 26

The Macclenny City Commission will convene at 6 pm September 26 at City Hall, 118 E. Macclenny Ave., to grant final approval to the 2011-12 budget of $7.3 million, though only $744,618 of the budget’s revenue is expected from the proposed 3.60 property tax, or millage, rate.

The rate is unchanged from the current year and will mean a more than $20,000 loss in revenue due to falling property values.

Under the proposed rate, which equals $3.60 per $1000 of taxable property value, a property with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay $360 in city property taxes, in addition to levies of the county, school district, hospital authority and water management district.

The public has largely avoided attending the city and county budget hearings in recent weeks, so the city commission hearing isn’t expected to last more than a few minutes.

The board will consider the proposed budget, tax rate and the hiring of Parrish & Associates Inc. to administer the city’s CDBG housing rehabilitation grant.



County commission’s September 19 agenda


Monday, September 19, 2011

5:01   P.M.  Public Hearing

  1. Resolution 2011-17/Adoption Final Millage Rate FY 2011-2012
  1. Resolution 2011-18/Adoption Final Budget FY 2011-2012

Regular Agenda 

  1. Approval of Consent Agenda Items
  1. Approval of Minutes September 6, 2011 & September 8, 2011
  2. Resolution 2011-19 SJRWMD request to reduce permit fees
  3. Resolution 2011-20 Suwannee River Management request to reduce permit fees

     II. County Manager

  1.  Appointment of David D. Walls, Jr. and Chris Volz to Code Enforcement Board.


  1. Raymond Crews:  Special Exception request for a new Flag Lot
  2. Michael Crews:  Special Exception request for a new Flag Lot
  3. Duncan and Jill Walters: Appeal to the county commission due to denial by the Land Planning Agency of a Special Exception request to allow a dog kennel.

Macclenny City Commission’s September 12-13 agendas




September 12, 2011, 6:00 pm, City Hall

The purpose of this meeting is for the taxing authority to amend and adopt the tentative budget, re-compute its proposed millage rate, and publicly announce the percent, if any, by which the re-computed proposed millage exceeds the rolled-back rate [the rolled-back rate is the tax rate needed to raise an amount of revenue equal to the previous year's revenue]. The proposed millage rate of 3.6000 is less than the rolled-back rate of 3.7397 mills by 3.74 percent.

A. Approve Resolution #11-13 adopting the tentative levy of ad valorem taxes including the operating millage rate of 3.6000.

B. Approve Resolution #11-14 adopting the tentative budget of $7,300,706. For the fiscal year of 2011-2012.

Next meeting: September 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. for public hearing on final millage rate and budget.


September 13, 2011, 6:00 pm, City Hall


A. Mayor Dopson will read the proclamation designating September 2011 as Muscular Dystrophy
association Firefighter Appreciation Month.

B. Approval of contract with Florida Department of Community Affairs for $700,000 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the Housing Rehabilitation Category

C. Manager Dopson recommends the appointment of Mae White and Isaac Tisdale to the Citizens
Advisory Task Force.

D. Approval of the City of Macclenny’s Donation of Sick Leave Procedure as an addition to the
Personnel Policy.








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