Co-Lin seeking millage from Adams CountyPublished 12:03am Tuesday, August 21, 2012
NATCHEZ — Copiah-Lincoln Community College officials appeared before the board of supervisors at its Monday meeting to formally request the county to assign a millage rate to the college’s county funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
Co-Lin President Ronnie Nettles and board members spoke to the Adams County supervisors about the enrollment and students’ successes at Co-Lin, as well as the college’s contribution to economic development through workforce training and other community contributions.
The college, Nettles said, has three sources of funding, which come from the state, tuition and fees and supplements from counties the college serves.
Nettles said the supervisors have previously asked him to present them with how other counties provide funding to the college.
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Adams County contributed approximately $793,000 to the college, a figure that has not changed that much since the 1994-1995 fiscal year.
In addition to Adams County, Co-Lin received supplements from Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln and Simpson counties.
Lincoln and Simpson topped out the 2011-2012 supplements with approximately $1.2 million and $1.1 million, respectively.
Supervisor Mike Lazarus said the county needs to sit down and talk about assigning a millage to the college, because it could greatly help the Co-Lin.
The idea, Lazarus said, would be as the value of the mill increased, the funding to the college would increase, instead of the college receiving a flat rate each year.
In other news from the meeting:
• The supervisors decided to fund to the youth detention center under the impression that Sheriff Chuck Mayfield would take over operations, Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said after the meeting.
Grennell said County Attorney Scott Slover is looking into whether Mayfield is permitted by state statute to receive a raise if he takes on the additional responsibility of the center.
Grennell said the supervisors will decide if Mayfield gets a raise when Slover determines if it is permitted.
Grennell said the county is going to work actively with other counties and Concordia Parish to see if juveniles can be housed at the center so operation costs are efficient.
Mayfield could not be reached for comment.
• At the request of Daye Dearing, Alcorn State University’s School of Business internship coordinator, the supervisors voted to continue the county’s summer internship in the bookkeeping department of the chancery clerk’s office.
This summer’s intern, Jameka Wilson, thanked the board and Chancery Clerk Tommy O’Beirne for allowing her to intern and said it was a great learning experience.
• The supervisors presented certificates of appreciation to a group of Cathedral Elementary School students who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the meeting. The students are Hailey Ellis, Ethan Huff, Fisher Iseminger, Anna Katherine McDonough and Cullen Mophett.