County commissioners appoint news members to tax review board

ALBEMARLE — The Stanly County Commissioners gathered for their bimonthly meeting on April 2. The business of the commission focused on appointments, public awareness campaigns, and approval of zoning and local agreements.


At Monday’s meeting, County Commissioners appointed two new members to the Board of Equalization and Review. The Board of Equalization and Review hears appeals for real and personal property from taxpayers when there are disagreements on value between the taxpayer and the Tax Administration. Commissioner Bill Lawhon made the motion to appoint the new members to the board, which was approved 7-0. The newest members of the board are Hazel D. Efird Jr., a full-time farmer in Stanfield, and Neil Senter, an employee at Uwharrie Bank in Albemarle. Both will serve four-year terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2021. Sitting members of the board include Jerry Burleson (chairman) and Vickie Long, who have terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2019, as well as Jim Starnes — appointed at the Nov. 6, 2017, County Commissioners meeting — with a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2021.


This week is National Public Health Week in Stanly County. County Commissioners approved a proclamation declaring April 2-8 as National Public Health Week to recognize the efforts of local and national public health professionals in preventing disease, injury, promoting quality of life, and improving the health of individuals in North Carolina and Stanly County. Some goals of National Public Health Week are to increase efforts and resources to improve the health of people in North Carolina and Stanly County to create the healthiest state in one generation, and to encourage the people of Stanly County to learn about the role of the public health system in improving health in Stanly County.


With a 7-0 vote, Stanly County Commissioners approved a cooperative extension of voluntary ag-districts for 10 pieces of property in the county.

Also with a 7-0 vote, Stanly County Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement to administer the Abandoned Manufactured Home program for the city of Albemarle.

During the final board member comments, Chairman Joseph Burleson noted that April is Autism Awareness Month and asked that staff reach out to GHA Autism Supports to make a presentation to the commission at its next meeting.

There were no public comments made during the commission’s public comment period.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. A joint meeting with the Library Board of Trustees will be on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Learning Lounge of the Albemarle Main Library.