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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County small business office, slated to close at the end of this month, will remain open.  Monday morning, the Dougherty County Commission voted to adopt a revised small business program and implement it beginning July 1st.

Commissioners Lingle and Hudgins voted against it. The new policy would give preference to certified small businesses based on where they're located and income when it comes to getting county contracts.

Chairman Jeff Sinyard said, "Number one, we want to make sure that the program gets at least three bidders at all times to keep the bids low, to keep them competitive. We want to get the best bang out of our buck for the taxpayer. Secondly, we want to encourage small businesses to not only retain their employees, but to grow."

Two construction projects, a new headquarters for Dougherty EMS and a new public works building have been delayed for nine months because of a lack of a small business incentive program.

Most commissioners voted to allow the county administrator to send out bids on those projects for the lowest and best bidder.

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