County employees and members of the public will get to share their thoughts with the White Pine County Commission on May 4 at 6 p.m. inside the County Courthouse about how to best deal with the budget shortfall the county is facing heading into next fiscal year.
The decision to hold the public meeting came out of the commission’s bi-weekly meeting inside the County Library on Wednesday. The well attended meeting also included presentations by different county department’s include the sheriff’s office about why the board’s planned cuts would be detrimental to public safety and quality of life.
The board discussed different ways to remedy the shortfall in revenues, with much of the discussion referring back to whether or not the commission should impose a “franchise fee” of 1 percent annually increasing tax on electricity like the City of Ely does up to 3 percent. The “franchise fee” or “franchise tax” as some of the members of the board referred to it was a revenue source the county implemented from 2007 through 2012 before it sunset and was shot down by the previous commission before the election last year.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled to take place on May 18 inside the County Library at 9 a.m.