Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill issued a second special-called meeting of the Cumberland County Commission in order to approve the Cumberland County Board of Education's general purpose school fund budget on Sept. 30.

The meeting is scheduled to be next Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m. in the large courtroom of the Cumberland County Courthouse. The meeting was scheduled as of press time Monday, Sept. 23.

"This is exactly what we did last year. In order to meet the seven-day notice I've called the meeting for the 30th. If I waited until tomorrow, it wouldn't be able to be held until Oct. 1. The meeting scheduled for tonight is to set the tax rate," Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill said Monday.

Hill said they were making assumptions that at Monday's meeting the county would pass the tax rate and they were making an assumption that it would fund all of the governing agencies covering the county.

"If by chance they don't pass what they (BOE) wants, then we have to make sure we can get their new budget approved in order to get it to the state," Hill said. "We have to have a fully functioning government including the school system. That is what I am trying to do here — keep things running smooth. That's my job. I'm trying to make sure we can keep things running ok. That's why I'm sending the notice out today."

Hill also said that if the county commission approved the BOE's budget and gave them what they wanted, then the special-called meeting wouldn't be necessary.

"If they pass them at a rate that isn't what they want, then (the BOE) will have to make another budget to be approved. This meeting is set in case they don't get the budget they want," Hill said.

The county commission still meets tonight, Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. for a special-called meeting to set the tax rate. A public hearing will be conducted by the budget committee at 6 p.m.

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