County to eye LFMS funds
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 16, 2013 | 726 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeff Morelock
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Bradley County Commissioner Jeff Morelock announced his intention to write a resolution to provide funding for renovations for Lake Forest Middle School at Monday’s formal session of the County Commission.

The 3rd District commissioner recently proposed an 8 cent property tax increase to fund the construction at the local middle school.

According to Morelock’s words Monday afternoon, he intends to try again.

“I do intend to introduce a resolution at the next ... meeting to support a tax increase for Lake Forest,” Morelock said. “We are still putting together the resolution.”

LFMS is currently in need of a new academic building and renovations on the cafeteria and other buildings.

Morelock believed an 8 cent tax increase would raise revenue enough to allow the county to borrow the estimated $14 million for construction and renovations.

The original resolution was removed from a voting session agenda in early June to give commissioners more time to consider the increase.

Commissioner J. Adam Lowe was especially interested in having more information before making a decision. He wanted to see Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ budget proposal before casting a vote.

The Commission sent a request for an official answer on whether or not the Bradley County Board of Education would commit any funding to the project.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones expressed an interest to see “some kind of involvement, some kind of financial commitment ...”

Morelock’s proposal will be brought to the table at next Monday’s work session. He encouraged commissioners to attend Wednesday’s finance committee meeting as, “Architectural representatives will be there to present alternative forms of funding for Lake Forest.”