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Robert Wesley Tucker returned to Clay County
Note approved for purchasing patrol cars
September revenues announced

 

 

Robert Wesley Tucker returned to Clay County

photo courtesy of Dale Hollow Horizon
As the hearse carrying Sgt. Robert Wesley Tucker enters Celina late Saturday night, Oct. 22, bystanders, led by several of his close friends and classmates, follow the vehicle to Upton Funeral Home. A procession of emergency service and private family vehicles accompanied Tucker's hearse on its way to Clay County.

Sgt. Tucker, a member of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, died in Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 13 when an improvised explosive device destroyed the vehicle he was riding in.

The funeral service for Sgt. Tucker was held at Clay County High School on Monday, Oct. 24. Burial, with full military honors, was in Sgt. Tucker Cemetery.

In honor of Sgt. Tucker, a college fund has been set up for his daughter, Cameron. Donations may be made by stopping by or contacting Upton Funeral Home, Bank of Celina, or Macon Bank & Trust Co.

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Note approved for purchasing patrol cars

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held a called meeting Monday, Oct. 24 to again consider a capital outlay note to purchase six patrol cars for the Sheriff's Department. Commissioner Chris Neal was absent.

The measure had failed to garner enough votes in the Tuesday, Oct. 11 regular monthly meeting, but Commissioners Alan Atnip, Stanley Carter Jr., Gail Arney, as well as Chris Neal were absent at that meeting.

Those commissioners added yes votes to those of Commissioners Randall Boswell, David Dorminey, Gary Hollars, Frank Martin, Jean Moore, and Johnie Webb to give nine votes for the measure, more than the necessary eight votes. Commissioners Jeff Keyes, Billy Parrott, Ben Danner, Shaun Hale, and John Phillips voted against the note once more.

The note was approved for up to $145,000.

Before the vote was taken, Commissioner Keyes asked about approving the capital outlay note before taking bids.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said, "Whatever the bid comes in is all that we'll borrow."

Commissioner Keyes also asked about considering a lease program.

Budget Director Debra Maberry said lease programs can be considered, but they have to be submitted as bids.

Increased fuel costs prompted Commissioner Atnip to ask, "Are we going to try to get ones that are more fuel efficient?"

Mayor Copeland replied, "We need to."

The meeting adjourned.

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September revenues announced

Thanks to a one-time sales tax payment, Tennessee's September revenue collections were $7 million above budgeted estimates; however, once that one-time payment is deducted, revenues actually were $2.4 million under what was expected.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz said, "We would expect that the buffeting of the economy from hurricanes and fuel prices would have some effect on revenue collections.

"In addition, we have seen a substantial falloff in revenues from new car sales, falling from a 13% increase last month to 2% growth in September."

On an accrual basis, September is the second month in the 2005-2006 fiscal year. Department of Revenue tax collections were $945.8 million for the month, which included the one-time sales tax payment of $9.4 million (general fund $9 million/cities $400,000). The one-time payment was nearly one-tenth of the $95 million total growth for the month.

The general fund had a $2.2 million overcollection, and the four other funds overcollected by $4.8 million. Without the one-time sales tax payment, revenues were undercollected $2.4 million.

Sales tax collections, including the one-time payment, were $3 million more than the estimate in September, and, for two months, were overcollected by $4.3 million.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $8.3 million less than the estimate of $248.3 million. For two months, revenues were $7.6 million undercollected.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections increased by 2.1%, and were $5.5 million more than the budgeted estimate, which offset the August undercollection. For two months, collections were $1.3 million more than the estimate.

Year-to-date collections for two months were $10.3 million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was overcollected by $8.4 million, and the four other funds were overcollected by $1.9 million. Excluding the one-time payment, revenues were $900,000 more than the estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $600,000 and the other funds overcollected by $1.5 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates are based upon the State Funding Board's consensus recommendation adopted by the first session of the 104th General Assembly in May of this year.

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