When it comes to county funding, the Industrial Development Board will get some of its money now, and some later.
The Warren County Commission met Monday night and voted to pass 23-0 with one member absent, a resolution giving the Industrial Development Board $250,00 for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The resolution was passed with the stipulation $75,000 may be requested upon the approval of the 2012-13 budget and $75,000 will be voted on by the commission at its December 2012 meeting.
The commission voted to provide another $100,000 to the IDB to be used at Miniature Precision Components and/ or for the construction of Spec Building 3.
Commissioner Les Trotman proposed an amendment to the resolution taking out the stipulation about the additional $75,000. He wanted to give the entire amount of $250,000 to the IDB without holding out $75,000 until the end of the year.
“Any time we’ve had any kind of seminar or anything in regard to industrial recruitment or economic development, it is said people look at how we support our industrial development,” said Trotman. “Every member of the IDB we have asked to serve does so without compensation, at their own expense. I’m not quite ready to tell the caliber of people that we have on the IDB that we don’t think they know what they’re doing. There are some fine men and women on there and I think we are sending the wrong signal for adding the stipulation.”
Trotman’s proposal was voted down 14-7 with two people passing. The commission voted to leave the resolution as is.
Members voting for the amendment, voting to give the IDB the full $250,000 without stipulation were Wayne Copeland, Ron Lee, Ken Martin, Gary Prater, George Smartt, Trotman and Blaine Wilcher.
Voting no and approving to give the IDB $75,000 after another vote in December were Terry Bell, Morris Bond, Carl Bouldin, M.A. Bouldin, Teddy Boyd, Clinton Hill, Earl Jones, Michael Martin, Charles Morgan, Kenneth Rogers, Bessie Smithson, Diane Starkey, Herschel Wells and Melissa Yancy.
Joel Akers and Dwight O’Neal passed. Sally Brock was absent.