Dickson County is preparing to execute the debt refinancing plan that allowed the county to avoid raising property taxes this year. At Monday night’s meeting, commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s debt policy to allow for a “negotiated sale” so officials can talk directly to a lender to refinance part of the county’s debt, instead of having to go through the competitive bidding process. Mayor Bob Rial said the direct negotiation gives the county a better shot at getting a lower rate on the new payment plan. In preparing this year’s budget, Rial proposed refinancing some of the county’s debt to get get rid of what he called an “exotic payback,” in which the county’s debt payments fluctuated up and down during the term of the debt. By flattening those payments, Rial said the county will be able to lower its monthly payments without extending the length of the debt. Rial said Monday night the county is preparing to refinance $24 million in debt and with the ability to negotiate directly should be able to save tens of thousands of dollars in closing costs in the new agreement.