In a move that shocked the many county department heads and others in attendance for what was supposed to be an all-day affair Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners approved a 4.5-cent tax hike before hearing one word from employees.
But by the 6 p.m. meeting to adopt a budget ordinance, yet another surprise came — what looked like a done deal was undone.
Commissioner Jarvis McLamb, who voted with Republican colleagues Jefferson Strickland and Billy Lockamy for the tax hike, voted against the budget ordinance when the meeting opened and the vote was called, but Harry Parker, who voted against the tax hike that morning, raised his hand in favor of the budget ordinance.
Parker then changed his mind, saying he didn’t understand what he voted for and made another motion to reconsider the vote. That passed 3-2, with Parker, McLamb and Kirby voting for it.
And that was followed by yet another vote for the budget, this one failing 3-2, with Parker Kirby and McLamb putting the nails in the financial coffin. See updates in Friday’s paper and online at www.clintonnc.com