Stephens Co. To Purchase New Computers for Two Offices

Stephens County will spend about $35,000 to upgrade computers in the Tax Commissioner’s and Tax Assessor’s Office.

The county commission unanimously approved a budget amendment to make the purchase on Tuesday.

County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said the purchase is necessary because of the decision by Microsoft to no longer support Windows XP.

“There is really no other option,” said Ayers. “April 8 is the day that Windows no longer supports XP.”

It covers 17 computers and the installation of those computers, said Ayers.

Ayers said that about $31,000 of the needed money will come from contingencies and the rest will come from commissions collected by the Tax Commissioner’s Office.

Stephens County Commissioners also unanimously approved a number of other budget amendments Tuesday.

One was for about $9,000 from contingency to replace carpet at the E-911 Communications Center.

Another was for just under $30,000 for the county to provide part of a local match for the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport Authority for a grant that would construct a parallel taxiway.

The final two approved budget amendments were for the County Agent and the Tax Assessor’s Office and just involved moving money from one line item to another within those respective departments.

In other actions taken at Tuesday’s Stephens County Commission meeting, county commissioners approved its agreement for food services at the Stephens County Jail to extend it for another year, approved a grant application for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, approved the renewal of an annual contract with Traylor Business Services, Inc. for the Tax Assessor’s Office and adopted a hazard mitigation plan for the county.

County commissioners approved all of those items unanimously.

Commissioners also issued proclamations Tuesday recognizing April as National Donate Life Month and Confederate History and Heritage Month.