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Do we need a small business program?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – After nine months without a small business program in place, and multiple attempts to create a program, Dougherty County Commissioners still haven't come up with a solution.

Monday morning, the commission voted on three different versions of a program, but none passed because of a lack of support.

For now, that means the county will bid out its projects and award them to the lowest bidder who matches all the requirements.

Two projects have been delayed because of a lack of a decision. A new EMS headquarters has been put off as well as a new Public Works building. 

"From today forward we will be working with lowest and best bid until we do put in place a small business policy," said County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

Meanwhile, the small business office remains in operation with a budget of more than $100,000, even though no policy is in place for them to operate.

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