With a full agenda, the 5 commissioners proceeded with items B through M as outlined. But a subtle buzz filled the auditorium in building A of the Evans Government Complex about an item that was not listed: Kay Allen.
Columbia County Commission Chairman, Ron Cross, explains "we think a need to address, for the standpoint of the public and for the commission, that we consider a full and detailed audit of the tax commissioner's office including everything that's there and has happened in the past."
Earlier this month, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office confirmed they were conducting an investigation with the FBI into Tax Commissioner Kay Allen's contracts to collect taxes from the cities of Grovetown and Harlem. Allegations arose that Allen was pocketing the money for personal use -- something state law allows in counties with less than 50,000 parcels and Columbia County has more than 55,000. When asked about the allegations, commissioners had this to say.
Cross adds "that's in the hands of other agencies and we will wait for their findings before we make any decisions or have any statements on it."
Another big item on the agenda was the contracts for the Blanchard Woods Skate Park and BMX Facility. One, that was approved in an earlier committee meeting.
"We found a funding source to complete both the BMX track and the skate park. And we have a low bidder. That contract will be executed," Cross says.
Drawing the 2013 committee year to an interesting conclusion.
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