Clay County passes 2017 mapping audit

By: 
Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Tax Assessor / Collector Paige Lamkin presented the 2017 mapping audit by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, and the county narrowly passed the audit.

On Monday, the board accepted a bid of $46,000 from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District to digitize the county maps, complete the soil mapping and correct the skewed property lines as required by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

According to the proposal, the GTPDD will redraw all parcels in Clay County at $2.50 per parcel using aerial photography from 2014 as a base map. County Section lines will be used as provided by the United States Geologic Survey, and deeds will be able to map parcels that are not identifiable by other means. All parcels will be redrawn in a digital geographic information system and stored in a geodatabase. All lots, plats and subdivisions will be incorporated into the digitized mapping, and the county land use and soil layers are completed. A map book will be created for printing purposes in Clay County. The county tax assessor and staff will be trained on how to print on the plotter in the Tax Assessor/Tax Collector office.

The timeframe for the project is 15 months.

Lamkin said the county will possibly fail the 2018 audit because the project cannot be completed in time.

Lamkin said failing the audit will cause the state to put Clay County’s funds in an escrow account and hold the funds until the county is in compliance with the state’s requirements.

Lamkin said the digitized mapping will be complete in time for the 2019 audit, and the board must propose a letter to the state auditor with the plans and timeframe to meet the requirements made by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

OTHER BUSINESS

The board unanimously voted to renew the contract with C-Spire for their government cellphones, and the board is working toward getting better cell phone reception for District 4.

District 5 Supervisor Joe Chandler said the first Pheba Fun Day will take place Oct. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. at the area located near the Pheba Walking Track with free food, games for kids and snow cones. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Pheba community.

The Board unanimously accepted a motion to change the name of the new community center in Una to “Una Community Park and Recreation Center”.

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