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TV district issue before Mohave County supervisors once again

KINGMAN - The issue of whether the county should be footing the bill to strengthen free TV signals for county residents will once again be on the Mohave County Board of Supervisors' agenda when the body meets Monday.

The county's contract with WECOM to service the county's TV District came up for renewal in July. At that time, District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius asked for more time to study the contract. She questioned whether the county should be providing the service if most people in the county subscribed to cable or satellite TV.

Angius said she had received some questions about the county's TV district, which uses a property tax to pay for equipment to boost the signal from free over-the-air TV stations in Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Angius also asked county staff to look into the possibility of asking voters in the next election if they wanted to continue the property tax for the district.

The TV district charges property owners $0.0867 per $100 of assessed value. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office and other local and state law enforcement agencies use the towers for communications between their officers.

It is unknown how many people in the county use the service, as there is no good way to count the number of viewers, said TV District Administrator Yvonne Orr at the July 1 meeting.

The Board will also consider:

• Approving the property tax rates for the various fire districts, school districts and other secondary property tax districts in the county.

• Approve a request from County Administrator Mike Hendrix to consolidate the county's landfill services department and septic tank approval department into one Waste Services Disposal Division in the Development Services Department.

• Approve moving the Human Resources Director, Elections Director, Chief Probation Officer and Court Administrator into a new pay range without an increase in pay.

• Discuss the possibility of installing time clocks for employees in county buildings.

• Discuss breaking up the Lake Havasu City Consolidated Court into a municipal and a justice court.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.


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