Mark Gibson contests tax charges

Published 6:50 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Objections about taxes were heard Monday at Board of Supervisors meeting but only land speculator and developer Mark Gibson showed up with verbal objections.

Other objections were submitted in writing, said county Tax Assessor Gary Beech.

When the board asked if anyone in the audience had an issue concerning charges assessed by the county tax office, Gibson approached the bench. He said he thought there were some errors in charges assessed, especially concerning all of the property he owns in Laura Villa.

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Gibson said he did not think there was consistency in the ad valorem taxes he was assessed. He asked the board if a uniform tax rate could be assessed for his property.

“Of course I’d like to go the cheaper way if I had my say…,” Gibson said.

District III Supervisor Hudson Holliday then asked Gibson how much property he owned in the county, to which Gibson replied about 2,200 pieces. Of those Gibson said he had a problem with only about one percent and all the property he owned in Laura Villa. He did not say how much property he owned in Laura Villa.

Holliday then asked Gibson if there was any property Gibson noticed he was not paying enough taxes on, if so did he report it. Gibson said there were about two pieces of property in that category and he reported those to Beech.

The board acknowledged Gibson’s objections and the written objections. The board will come back Thursday to decide the outcome of the objections after Beech’s office researches the matters, said County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin.

Ripples and pot holes in the newly paved Old U.S. 11 caused District V Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith to ask Road Department Manager Mike Mitchell if something else could be done to maintain the road.

“I think if we need another layer on that road let’s do it,” Smith said.

Mitchell said most of the damage the road has endured deals with people tearing up the road with four-wheel drive vehicles. He also said the road will not set good until it goes through a cold season.

Holliday then inquired about the status of the proposed walking track at Steephollow. Mitchell said that work on the track could begin in the next two to three weeks. Smith suggested the board ask the heavy equipment class at Pearl River Community College to assist in that construction, if the class is not too busy.

District II Supervisor Charles Culpepper suggested putting old rail road tanker cars under Buck Stewart and J.M. Tynes roads in lieu of bridges to help with drainage. Mitchell said there are a number of the old tanker cars in the county that could be used for that purpose.

There have been a number of requests to use the county fair grounds in Poplarville for charity functions. Holliday wanted to know if there was a board opinion on the site being used for that purpose.

Lumpkin said the previous board had discussed a set of rules to deal with those situations, but the rules were never adopted. Lumpkin said that he would bring that set of rules concerning charity functions at the fairgroundsl back to the board for further consideration.

The board went into executive session to discuss pending litigation dealing with lawsuits against the jail. No action was taken on those matters, Lumpkin said.

In other business the board;

— Acknowledged personnel changes in the Sheriff’s Department and Road Department.

— Approved travel for the board members to attend supervisor county government workshop in Vicksburg from Oct. 20 to 22, and Planning and Development Director Ed Pinero to attend E-911 training from Oct. 20 to 22.

— Acknowledged Central Landfill’s disposal report for July.

— Approved the final plat of North Hill Phase V and accepted the roads in that development as part of the county road system.

A meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday where the board will decide on the tax objections. The next scheduled meeting of the board will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 2.