Tax assessor Jimmy Slay recently fired one long time employee in his office and another quit. Slay then recommended the supervisors hire an outside firm to perform appraisals at an annual cost of $73,500.
At a meeting Monday night, the Lauderdale County supervisors said no.
"I think that the citizens of Lauderdale County need that personal touch, a one on one inside the office because when they're dealing with their residences and property it's somewhat personal," said District 2 supervisor, Jimmie Smith. "And I think they need to have a personal touch in that office."
The supervisors then passed a motion requesting slay to hire two people, including Jimmy Donald, the employee slay had previously fired. Slay did not attend the meeting.