MINUTES OF called meeting OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY commissioners

 thursday, july 28, 1960


The Board of County Commissioners met in called session in the County Commissioners’ room in the Courthouse at Tavares on Thursday, July 28, 1960, at 9:00 A.M. for the purpose of hearing requests and complaints from the public regarding the tentative budget of Lake County for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1960 and ending September 30, 1961 and such matters as may be brought before the Board, with the following present:  Chairman Cross; Commissioners Theus, Cowart, Bishop and Simpson; Attorney Duncan; and Clerk Owens.

The Board was called to order by Chairman Cross.

Mr. John Downer, Mount Dora, appeared before the Board and asked the Commissioners about mailing copies of the tentative budget as published to all registered voters so they could see what their tax dollars are being spent for.  The Board advised him that this would entail unnecessary additional expense, and they were complying with the law by publishing the budget in the newspaper.  He also stated that only two women were needed to work in the Supervisor of Registration’s office instead of three.

County Judge Henrietta S. Horner appeared and presented a letter to the Board requesting them to reconsider and pass by unanimous vote the proposed budget for the Lake County Juvenile Court as to the salaries of the Counselors and the Court Secretary as first recommended.  (This request is filed with the Budget.)

On a motion by Commr. Simpson, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, the salary of County Agent R. E. Norris was increased from $5,700 to $6,000.

On a motion by Commr. Cowart, seconded by Commr. Theus and carried, the Capital Outlay Reserve Fund (County Buildings) was amended reducing the sale of Revenue Bonds from $1,400,000 to $1,250,000 and Item #130-Taxes was added levying 2.50 mills on the assessed valuation, thereby changing the Total Estimated Receipts and Balances from $1,330,000 to $1,349,234.10 and that the Reserve for Contingencies Item in the Expenditures was increased from $4,800 to $24,034.10, thus balancing the receipts with the expenditures.  Also, the Bond Interest and Sinking Fund (County Buildings) was amended by omitting Item #130-Taxes, 2.50 mills on the assessed valuation, as there are ample receipts to pay the first year’s interest and bond retirements on the proposed bond issue and that Item #148-Interest on Bank Account, be added in the amount of $3,750, thereby changing the Total Estimated Receipts and Balances from $318,422.71 to $160,251.11.  Also, that Item #772-Principal or Funded Indebtedness in the Expenditures be changed from $110,251.11 to $268,422.71, thus changing the Total Expenditures from $318,422.71 to $160,251.11.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the Budget was adopted as amended, and Clerk Owens was instructed to forward two copies of same to the Comptroller, Honorable Ray E. Green, for approval.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Bishop and carried, the Amended Appraisal submitted by Lester Huey and H. B. Harrell, Jr. as to Section 11640-2601, Road No. S 33, Lake County, Florida, including ditch, borrow pit, haul road, and severance in the amount of $4,098, owner William Ebert, was approved.

A copy of the office communication from Richey Green regarding Section 11010-208, Road 500, Lake County, SRD #45 and #47 was filed.

Attorney Duncan reported the Charles Yates property, Lot H., Block 40, Tavares, could be purchased for $6,500 and stated he thought this would be an equitable deal.

On a motion by Commr. Bishop, seconded by Commr. Cowart and carried, Attorney Duncan was instructed to negotiate for an option at the price of $6,500 for the Charles Yates property, with the deal to be closed sometime in October or November.

The appraisal of H. T. Dykes and C. B. Treadway on the Charles Yates property was filed.

On a motion by Commr. Theus, seconded by Commr. Simpson and carried, the meeting was adjourned.


/s/ Frank E. Owens___                                                           /s/ Fred Cross            __

CLERK                                                                                   CHAIRMAN