McDowell County Commission to meet Monday

On Monday, the McDowell County Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the proposed 2019-2020 budget and hear a request about a façade program for Old Fort.

The commissioners will hold their regular meeting for June at 5 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom at the County Administration Building.

County officials will hear an update about the Friends of Lake James State Park and hear a request from Old Fort Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Carlton about a façade program for the town. At 5:30 p.m., the commissioners will hold the public hearing about the proposed county budget for next fiscal year. The recommended plan calls for the county property tax rate of 58.75 cents per $100 valuation to stay the same as from last year’s.

Under old business, the board will consider a lease agreement with WBRM radio station. They will also talk about the annexation of county property leading from N.C. 226 South to the site of the new Holiday Inn Express. The developer is asking this county property be annexed into the city of Marion so that the road to the new hotel can be maintained by the city upon completion. County officials will also hear an update about the dedication of the new Charters of Freedom display at the courthouse lawn.

Under new business, the board will consider making appointments and the sale of firearms from the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioners will consider administrative items and tax matters.

The public comment period will follow. This is the time when the public can speak to council about any issue or item not on the agenda.

County Manager Ashley Wooten will give his report to the board.

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