Sharp County justices extended a thank you to all Sharp County officials for coming together and getting the 2009 budget complete at the Quorum Court meeting Nov. 17.
The court noted that taxes in Sharp County were lowered about six years ago and have not been raised since. Sharp County Judge Larry Brown told the justices that he feels everything runs smoothly because everyone gets along and pulls together.
The court voted on the Sharp County natural gas project resolution and passed the resolution agreeing that natural gas in the area would be a great asset.
Judge Brown said 20 years ago when people said they were going to run rural water along all of the old country roads, he thought they were nuts. "Being so conservative, I would have probably said no," Judge Brown said. "But, I don't want to be that way, I want to look toward the future."
Judge Brown told the court the next step will be to get signatures from residents to see if they are interested. "We're just trying to gain support and make sure governing bodies support the project," Judge Brown said.
Sharp County collected 88 percent of personal taxes owed and 76 percent of real estate taxes owed. The court said this was a lower number than previous years but the report was as of Nov. 10 and they discussed there would probably be more.