MADISON — Supervisors were torn Monday over whether or not to erect a plaque at the Highway 51 tax office complex here in honor of former Tax Assessor Gerald Barber. 

County Administrator Shelton Vance presented a request to place a plaque on the outside of the building at a total cost of $1,380. The estimate was from Southeastern Sign Company Inc. of Madison. 

Vance said back in 2015 the building was named the Gerald R. Barber South Madison County Office Complex but a sign or plaque was never added. 

Board President Sheila Jones and District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter voted against the plaque. 

Baxter said he was against naming buildings after people who were still alive because sometimes the names have to be pulled off the wall. 

“I just don’t like spending taxpayer money unnecessarily,” Jones added. 

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen, District 4 Supervisor David Bishop and District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin voted to approve the expenditure. 

In other county news, supervisors:

• Approved the purchase of nine Chevrolet Tahoes and seven Chevrolet Silverado trucks for the Sheriff’s Department. The nine Tahoes are coming from Pine Belt Motors and cost $285,944. The seven Silverados are coming from Rogers Dabbs Chevrolet and cost $212,943.15.

• Approved Falls Crossing and Carpenter Cove utility permits for Bear Creek Water.

• Approved an AT&T utility permit on Gluckstadt Road.