Budget Approved

RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Commission approved the county’s FY 2020-21 budget Monday.

Commissioner Larry Johnson seconded a motion for approval by Andy Cameron. The motion passed in a 10-5 vote, with Commissioners Darell Stratton, Johnny Baker, Leon Spoone, James Acuff and Mike Holt offering the dissenting votes, without explanation.

While Stratton questioned the total revenue collected by the County in FY 2018-19 vs. FY 2019-20, no other discussion or comments about the budget were heard.

A resolution to set the tax levy for FY 2020-21 was approved in a 12-3 vote, with Commissioners Stratton, Acuff and Holt voting against the levy. No discussion was held, and no explanation for the no votes was offered.  

A resolution to make appropriations for various funds for FY 2020-21 and a resolution to make appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations for FY 2020-21 were approved in unanimous votes. 

A resolution authorizing patient billing and collections services for Grainger County EMS was approved in a 9-4-2 vote, with Commissioners Stratton, Rodney Overbay, Leon Spoone and James Acuff voting no, and Commissioners Scott Wynn and Luke Stratton abstaining. No discussion was held. 

Other resolutions passed unanimously, including resolutions to:

• request State officials add outboard motor repair to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology curriculum;

• support Knoxville Utilities Broadband Service Initiative in Grainger County;

• request final approval for the sale of real estate recently sold at auction;

• refinance a capital outlay note of $663,128;

• sell general obligation bonds not to exceed $700,000; and

• request support and funding for COVID-19 rapid testing in Grainger County.

Commissioners Baker, Holt, Wendy Noe and Gary Wayne Dalton were reappointed to the Solid Waste Board for six-year terms to expire August 1, 2026.