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Supervisors vote to pay auditors for extra work

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

MILFORD—The Caroline County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on March 26 to pay the $30,000 owed to a Harrisonburg audit firm despite having cast tie votes three times on paying the bill at a previous meeting.

The county still owed the firm, PBMares, $30,000 for extra work. The additional charges were above and beyond the original fee of $55,488 for the audit, which began in late June 2012 and was for an audit of the county’s finances for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The county was billed for an extra 262 hours, including 200 hours for work related to the public schools. The county was invoiced $23,000 more – after a government discount – for the extra hours for the schools.

During the March 26 meeting, Supervisor Reggie Underwood made the motion to pay the bill. “In no way was I saying the auditing firm did a poor job,” Underwood said. “My concern was that I wanted to hear from some departments as to why” deficiencies occurred. Underwood’s motion also stipulates that county officials will “continue to have discussions so we don’t have these deficiencies again.”

In other action, the board voted 4-2 to approve of aligning the county tax code with the state tax code to levy personal property taxes on inoperable vehicles for up to two years. Underwood and Thomas voted against Sili’s motion to tax inoperable vehicles, while Acors, Taylor, Black and Sili voted for it.

“Cars in your garage that do not operate will still be taxed for two years,” Thomas said.

In other action, the board heard from Ken Pickin, a member of Central Point Alps Tignor Hunt Club, who asked that the county not include rifle use during the normal seven-week general firearm season for big game, such as deer. Rifles are “fine for coyotes,” he said.

The hunt club’s 65 members oppose rifle use for big game and “want to keep Caroline County a shotgun county,” Pickin said.

Garry Gray had appeared before supervisors on March 12 and asked them to change a county ordinance to allow deer hunting with a rifle. However, county officials said the request for the change came to them too late to include it in the hunting regulations booklet of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Gray, an owner of E.M. Gray and Son Inc. in Caroline County, is a member of the VDGIF Board of Directors. He told supervisors it would be useful to shoot weak, diseased deer with a rifle from a tree stand, as well as coyotes, which are known to kill fawns.

In other action, supervisors agreed to donate $3,550 for a historic marker in honor of Korean War veterans. The request for money came from the Caroline Middle School History Club. The club learned that the 38th parallel that separates North and South Korean runs in front of Caroline High School, the planned location of the historic marker.

Ron Curlings of the Caroline County Wounded Warrior Project said this year’s bass fishing tournament will be April 27 at Mt. Olympus Farm along U.S. in Caroline. The tournament will benefit 25 wounded soldiers in Caroline. The county will provide a standby ambulance at the event, which will feature fishing from 8 a.m. to noon, and a barbecue awards luncheon sponsored by the Reedy Church Ruritans.

The supervisors also approved of designating The Meadow Event Park and the Virginia Sports Complex as a tourism zone.

The board voted unanimously to grant a special exception to allow a former motel in Dawn to be used as an assisted living facility for 24 residents. The building is on a 1.59 acre parcel at 30500 Richmond Turnpike. The application was from Sandra E. Brown.

The board voted unanimously to approve of allowing community administration offices in communities with 500 or more dwellings to be used for community and recreational uses.

In other action, the board gave permission to the Town of Bowling Green to use the courthouse lawn for Mayberry Day.