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Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
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If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
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Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
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A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
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The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city commissioners want to reinstate some proposed cuts into the city's budget. The $100 Million plus city budget for the next fiscal year is still a work in progress.
Department heads were ordered to make deep cuts in their budgets, but now commissioners say they don't like all those cuts.
As commissioners finished listening to how department heads planned to cut their budgets, those commissioners decided to add some of that money back in, like for Carver Pool. Recreation Director Suzanne Davis says operating the pool for just 13 weeks will cost close to $100,000, for just 20 kids a day. She had planned to shut it down, but the commission decided against it.
"We had some of the commissioners from that district who received a lot of calls about cutting back, closing the pool, so they saw fit that they wanted to keep the pool open, to the tune of about $90,000," said Mayor Willie Adams.
With only about 20 kids attending each day, that breaks down to about $75/day/child, even though the Boys and Girls club had agreed to allow all of those children to swim for free.
Adams said, "You have to remember that these commissioners come from that area and they have to please their constituents."
Another area commissioners didn't want cut: demolition of blighted properties. That budget had been slashed by about $100,000. Today, the board said they wanted it back in. Commissioner Jon Howard says stopping the process now, would be like moving in reverse.
He said, "It will be a step in the wrong direction because $100,000 can certainly demolish anywhere from 15-20 some of these structures that need to come down and taking a step backward would not be conducive and would not be productive for the city to do at this time."
The commission will spend the next month closely reviewing the proposed budget to see if money can be shifted from other departments to cover those programs, or if the city will need to dip into its $9 Million in cash reserves to cover those expenses.
On Tuesday, the city manager asked the commission to establish a finance committee for the next budget cycle so those commissioners can offer recommendations to the board regarding the budget. Instead, they voted to meet as a full committee to review budgets department by department.