Monday, November 16, 2009
REMINDER: Homestead Exemption must be applied for during January through March. Once a new property owner applies, normally they don't have to resubmit.
The spreadsheet contains links to lots of on-line resources and information.
Click here to down Excel Spreadsheet file. http://tinyurl.com/yklc949
Friday, August 21, 2009
Final Draft FY 2010 Tax Levy approved by Board of Supervisors, Sept 8, 2009
Comparison of Tax Levy FY 2008/2009/2010
Summary of Tax Levy FY 2010 - FY 2004
Comparison of 2009 Tax Levy by County, City of Madison and Ridgeland
The proposed 2009-2010 Budget was presented to the Board of Supervisors, Monday, August 17, 2009.
The Madison County Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings on a proposed budget and tax levy for fiscal year 2010 on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The Board of Supervisors anticipates no increase in ad valorem taxes for the fiscal year 2009-10.
Click to download NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING This is a must read!!!
Click here to download txt version copy of the Proposed FY 2010 Budget (includes fund and department info)
Click here to download Excel version copy of the Proposed FY 2010 Budget (does not include fund and department info)
Click here to download Dept list
Click here to download Fund list
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Final Results Madison County 2009 Tax Sale - Click to download Excel Spreadsheet http://htxt.it/4tQY
Sale lasted 2.5 days and was completed Wednesday, Sept 2, at 11:45 AM.
Monday, Aug 31, 2009, 8 a.m., Justice Court Bldg, Hwy 51 South, Canton, next to Sheriff's Dept.
So, bring your cash and potentially earn 1.5% per month! If you want to participate and bid on the properties, click here to download Tax Sale Application Form http://tinyurl.com/qmhl6y
Friday, July 31, 2009
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW l Washington, DC 20001 l 202.393.6226 l fax 202.393.2630 l www.naco.org
July 30, 2009 202-942-4220, email@example.com
NASHVILLE, TENN. – D.I. Smith, Supervisor, Madison County participated in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 74th Annual Conference and Exposition in Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn. and pledged to work toward economic recovery. The conference was held July 24-28 in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.
More than 3,000 elected and appointed county officials representing nearly every state and the District of Columbia adopted resolutions on national issues facing counties, including economic development, transportation and infrastructure funding, and access to healthcare. Attendees also participated in educational seminars and workshops to strengthen their public service skills and heard from leading national experts on various issues important to local government.
Smith is a member of the Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee and the Information Technology Standing Committee.
D.I. attended the day long Technology Summit, General Sessions, Committee Meetings, and attended the following Educational Sessions: Save Lives by Making Rural Road Safety a Priority; Transparency: Fulfilling the Promise of Open Government; The Economy’s Effect on Counties, Their Non-Profit Partners and the Community; Let THEM Tell You Where to Cut; Let Me See Your Body Talk; and Counties Partnering with the Federal Government for Veteran’s Services.
Click here for entire Press Release...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I know some of you are like me and don't pay much attention to the public notices in the classified section of local newspapers, but you might want to read this one or you may be surprised when you receive your annual tax statement later this year!
Below is the PUBLIC NOTICE which will run in the Madison County Herald announcing that the Madison County real and personal property assessment rolls are ready for inspection and examination; also, the instructions to follow if you have objections.
You can either go to the Chancery/Administrative Building in Canton to inspect the rolls, or you can look up the info, including the true market value on your property, at http://www.madison-co.com/elected_offices/tax_assessor/real_property_search.php
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here are links to info you will find of use and interest.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Contact: D.I. Smith
Phone: (601) 707-8845
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 A.M. DST, June 22, 2009
I strongly believe a full and comprehensive Performance and Operations Audit will provide the County with a solid foundation to make any necessary changes in the way we do business. Too often, important decisions are based on political whim, private agenda or ‘what looks good at the time’ without a long term strategy, comprehensive analysis and comparison of alternative options; and may not provide positive, cost effective or progressive results. Outside agencies with the solid reputation of the State Auditor’s Office provides a vast array of capabilities, experience and knowledge in these fields and will serve to capitalize on the existing strengths of Madison County.
The Performance and Procedural Audit should consist of a review of the following, but not limited to:
a. All aspects of the County Engineer operations, including sub-contractor pass through procedures, plans, change orders, review and oversight, and billing.
b. Review Board of Supervisor’s Budget Process and Compliance to Relevant Laws – review of strategic long range planning systems and implementation, review of Board minutes, financial activity and audits, accounting procedures, and receipt and filing of completed projects and associated documentation.
c. Workflow Analysis/Systems Review of related Major Departments – review of implementation of policies and procedures, review of purchasing, accounts payable, and receiving procedures, review of paperwork flow, etc.
Madison County engineer's work under scrutiny
Here is a link to the WAPT News article and video from the Tuesday, 10 PM, news.... http://tinyurl.com/waptaud
See the 3 related articles at the Madison County Journal
MCJ Editorial http://preview.tinyurl.com
See the Madison County Herald article and comment at http://tinyurl.com/n52j8d
See the Madison County Journal -- Auditor: No investigation into fees at http://tinyurl.com/nk6ndp
Saturday, April 18, 2009
UPDATE -- The Madison County Board of Supervisors did not make changes to the Mannsdale - Livingston Heritage Preservation District. Thanks to all!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Flood risk maps appeal deadline
Posted: March 16, 2009 05:22 PM
Updated: March 16, 2009 07:53 PM
MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Some Madison county homeowners could face big bills protecting their homes from floods in the future.
New flood risk maps for the county are placing homes in a flood area, when they never were before.
Residents in those areas could be forced to buy flood insurance by F.E.M.A..
Harvey Crossing Homeowners Association President Frank Halford is racing against the clock to get his subdivision exempt from the recently flood risk maps.
A large portion of the neighborhood is for the first time listed in a flood area, which would mean mandatory flood insurance for residents.
"They could find themselves all of a sudden be paying $100.00 a month extra for flood insurance they probably don't need," says Halford.
Halford is working with Harvey Crossing developers to provide F.E.M.A. with information proving all the homes sit above the flood plain.
He and other residents have until April 22nd to appeal the new flood maps.
Across the county residents are being urged to challenge their flood risk.
If they don't or can't they'll have to pay flood insurance, which they can save a great deal on if they get it before the April deadline.
"On a $200,000.00 house with $80,000.00 in coverage it could be around $326.00 a year if they get it today before the maps go into effect if they have it then they're grandfathered when the maps go into effect and they will be able to get it at about half of the $2,000.00," says District 3 Supervisor D.I. Smith.
Homebuyers are also being urged to inquire about the new flood risk.
The added flood insurance could drastically increase house payments depending on where people live.
One good thing about the new maps.
Some residents have been removed from flood areas, which will mean a savings for them.
"Based on what I've been told by the engineers, we should be able to overcome this."
Madison county residents are being urged to contact their city flood plain manager, or the county planning and zoning department, to find out if their home will be affected.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Supervisor D.I. Smith participated in the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2009 Legislative Conference, March 7-11, in Washington, D.C., which featured remarks from four U.S. cabinet secretaries. One of the main objectives of the Legislative Conference is to bring county and federal government officials together to discuss key priorities and specific legislation, regulations and funding levels affecting local government services and programs.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
February 19, 2009
Supervisors tackle trash pick-up issue
By Lucy Weber
Madison County officials are starting to consider how garbage will be picked up starting Oct. 1.
The Board of Supervisors is looking at staying with current contractor Red River, switching providers or putting the county back in the trash business.
"We're in the process of deciding," board president Paul Griffin said at the supervisors' meeting Tuesday.
"I'd like to save money, but my deal on garbage is service," Griffin said. "We're missing some service when it's privatized. Who can serve best? Those out to make money or those to serve the people? Madison County employees are out to serve the people."
The county's four-year contract with Red River expires Sept. 30. Two weeks ago, supervisors voted to give the company six-months notice they planned to terminate the contract for once-a-week garbage pickup. However, the county can still renew the two-year option on Red River's contract.
"They haven't ruled anything in or out," board attorney Eric Hamer said.
District 1 Supervisor John Bell Crosby asked the board to consider all options for garbage disposal by seeking information from companies that could be interested in the job and input from the county's road department on how it would handle the trash pickup.
"I realize that doing it ourselves is an option but we need to look at all our options," Crosby said.
Crosby's motion failed. District 3 Supervisor D.I. Smith voted with Crosby while Griffin, Tim Johnson of District 2 and Karl Banks of District 4 voted against seeking requests for proposals (RFPs).
"At some point we can decide. We don't want to lock ourself into RFPs," Johnson said.
The county sold its aging garbage trucks when it turned over garbage pickup to Red River. Getting new trucks will take several months so the process would need to start by early April if that's the direction the county chooses, purchasing clerk Hardy Crunk told the board.
Chip Barton of Red River and Buford Clark of Waste Management asked the supervisors to consider their services.
"We'd like to talk about renewing for two more years," Barton said.
"We want to be one of your options," Clark said. "We think we can save you some money."
County administrator Donnie Caughman said initial estimates are that it would cost the county $1.8 million to resume garbage collection services while the cost to say with Red River is $2 million annually.
If the county does not contract with an outside company for pickup, then the county has a choice for doing the job in-house.
The supervisors agreed to hire an outside consultant to conduct a feasibility study of creating a Madison County solid waste collection authority.
"This lets the county operate solid waste collection like a business," consultant Jim McNaughton said. "It's more professional."
The authority would be a separate entity under county government and allows for more accountability in garbage pickup, McNaughton said. "I would encourage you to do this on an enterprise basis," he said. "If the county wants to get into the garbage collection business, now is an opportune time."
The county could establish an authority and then invite other cities or counties to join in the enterprise and share the cost or pick up trash in other locales under contracts. The advantages of an authority are to control the level of service and to control long-term costs, McNaughton said.
The feasibility study will determine what the county's cost will be to begin the service compared to private companies, he said. "We can put the numbers to it to see if it makes sense."
The county will pay McNaughton $150 per hour for the feasibility study that is expected to be completed in 40-60 hours.
Johnson said he's leery of establishing a Madison County authority. Instead, he said he would rather see the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District set up the authority and allow Madison County to participate through it.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Contact: D.I. Smith
Phone: (601) 707-8845
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5 P.M. CDT, February 18, 2009
RIDGELAND, MS, FEBRUARY 18, 2009: The Madison County Flood Risk Maps have been revised and the drafts are in the appeal stage. A "Flood Map Open House" Public Meeting was held November 6, 2008, Board Room, County Administrative Office Complex, Canton, so all residents could learn about the process and review the draft digital flood maps and aerial photos of their property to determine how it would be rated based on the newly revised draft flood maps.
If your home is now mapped as being within a high risk flood zone (A or AE zone), http://tinyurl.com/madflood, and it was not previously, you should purchase flood insurance prior to the map becoming effective. This will enable you to lock in a better premium rate. If you wait until the map is effective, your rate will be much higher. Questions concerning the maps should be directed to the County or City Floodplain Administrator, who is charged with collecting any protest or appeal actions. http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/fq_main.shtm
The official 90-day appeal phase started January 22, 2009, and is on-going until April 22, 2009. Based on their situation, property owners can appeal by providing elevation certificates, and other info detailing why their rating should be changed, or why they shouldn't be considered to live in a flood zone! Additional detailed info is located on-line at http://tinyurl.com/mapappeal
Homeowners can also now purchase Flood Insurance at a reduced premium and be “grandfathered.” A great resource for homeowners is http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/hm_main.shtm
County Supervisors have maps of subdivisions in their districts that potentially will be affected by the revised flood maps. The Madison County Flood Plain contact for unincorporated areas is Brad Sellers, 601.855.5501. Also, each municipality has a flood plain contact person.
Click here for the entire Press Release
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Click here to download bios and district maps for the Madison County State Legislators.
Representative Mark Baker (R) Dist 74
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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