Tift County commissioners met Monday night and on the agenda was a proposed ordinance that would make the wearing of pants below the waist in public unlawful.
The city of Tifton has already passed such an ordinance, and the county is seeking to dovetail that effort.
The ordinance would target the wearing of saggy pants that exposes skin or undergarments, and infractions would result in a fine not to exceed $20, plus up to 20 hours of work on the public streets of the county.
The ordinance was tabled for now, giving commissioners and county officials more time to study it.
In other business, commissioners voted to approve the financing of $2,583,667.90 at a 2.24 percent interest rate to purchase a new radio system for use by the county’s Emergency Management Agency and 911 communications system.
Commissioners were split down the middle on the vote, causing Chairman Grady Thompson to cast his vote in favor of the purchase. Those opposed cited the fact that financing the system for five years would result in a 1.79 percent interest rate, instead of the 7-year rate of 2.24 percent.
The other option, which was not considered, was a 10-year finance option at 2.49 percent.
Commissioners also voted to award the resurfacing of Chula Brookfield and Lenox Brookfield roads to Reames Construction Company in the low bid amount of $778,016.45.
Other bids received included a bid in the amount of $781,745.71 by The Scruggs Co., and a bid of $794,568.70 by Reeves Construction.
A homestead exemption for local resident Ruben Bennett Sr. was also on the agenda, with Monday night being Bennett’s fifth time appearing before the board.
Bennett qualified for a C1 homestead exemption for 2012. He was not eligible for exemption in 2011, since he did not own the home as of January 1, 2011.
Property tax bills were mailed in early August 2012, and due by Nov. 15 that same year. Bennett presented a letter from the Department of Veterans Services on Oct. 22, 2012, stating that he is 100 percent a service-related disabled veteran.
Tift County Board of Assessors granted the Disabled Veterans Exemption for 2013, but could not grant it for 2012, since the qualifying time is between January 1 and April of the tax year, and Bennett presented the letter in October.
Bennett was not in the wrong in presenting the letter upon receipt, but since he did not make the federal government’s deadline, and under the recommendation of the county’s attorney, the board voted to not grant any sort of exception for Bennett.
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