• 77°
franklin county times

Slay: Contracting out appraisal work could save county taxpayers money

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Dec. 29, 2000
Lauderdale County Tax Assessor Jimmy Slay says contracting a private firm for business personal property appraisals could save the county more than $35,000.
Lauderdale supervisors Thursday opened bids for the work, which was done by county employees David Rhodes and Wayne Ellis before they were terminated earlier this year. Supervisors said they expect to act on the bids at their next regular meeting on Tuesday.
Slay said doing appraisals on business personal property such as furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory cost the county more than $59,000 last year.
Bob Peterson Appraisal Services of Hattiesburg submitted the highest bid at $39,650. Debbie Grubbs of Ocean Springs submitted a $28,700 bid while Statewide Appraisal of Brandon submitted the lowest bid at $24,000.
Slay said limited data entry is the only work not included in the contract.
He also said state law mandates 25 percent of Lauderdale County's 2,200 parcels not including lease accounts or new businesses be appraised annually and that failure to meet the requirement in the past has put the county out of compliance. He said contracted appraisers are governed by the State Tax Commission just as a county employee would be.
District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt asked how long it would take the appraisers to do the work. Slay said the specifications require the work to be completed by May 15 so he can get the rolls turned over to the board of supervisors in time to meet the state deadline.
Board President Hank Florey wanted to know if Slay is familiar with the firms and their expertise. Slay said he doesn't know anything about Debbie Grubbs. He said many counties have been contracting this type of work out for some time, and Statewide's appraisers have worked for other counties, possibly Hancock and Rankin.
Slay said he won't need an additional employee, and the contracted firm will have someone in his office Monday through Friday to help him answer questions and handle any problems.
District 2 Supervisor Jimmie Smith asked if the contract could be extended at the same rate or if it has to be renegotiated annually.
The contract can't be extended since the option wasn't in the bid specifications. Slay said the contract would have to be signed yearly but some counties don't have to put the work up for bid each year.
Slay said he does not know if the bids would be comparable next year. The number of parcels to be appraised would be the same required 25 percent but the appraisers would have more time to complete the work.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccine for children

News

Russellville celebrates freedom at Jam on Sloss Lake Monday

News

RFD responds to downtown structure fire

Franklin County

Franklin County 4-H announces horse club, summer day camps

Franklin County

Sweet T’s Meat & Greet celebrates grand opening

Franklin County

Bank Independent launches School Share

Franklin County

First Metro Bank reaches nearly 2,000 local students through financial literacy efforts

Franklin County

County votes in primary runoff

News

Kids, Kin program, Girl Scouts present information at RPL

Franklin County

FC Rescue Squad president faces arrest for theft

Franklin County

Summer P-EBT benefits go to families of eligible school children

News

Red Bay City Council approves water, gas board resolution

News

Red Bay Council discusses regulating vicious animals

Franklin County

Furr Fest fundraiser sees success

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2001, Kathryn (Keeton) Nix

News

Phil Campbell festival unites friends for food, fun, music

News

BTCPA gears up to perform ‘Leading Ladies,’ final play of season

News

Phil Campbell Police Department adds new vehicle to its fleet

News

Face-painting fun, crafts, treats delight at RPL

News

PC prepares to enforce noise, impoundment ordinances

Franklin County

Blue Springs VFD holds Furr Fest fundraiser

Franklin County

Russellville promotes race amity June 12

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2000, Lindsay (Gerstman) Almond

News

PC Title Loan opens

x