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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – Difficult choices must be made to correct the million dollar budget shortfall in Dougherty county.

Monday morning the Finance Committee will meet to discuss possible furloughs and chose other areas they can afford to make cuts.  The Flint Riverquarium is first on the chopping block and will be the main topic of discussion at Monday morning's finance meeting. The county has given them $250,000 per year since 2007. But they can't afford that anymore.

The county may also cut funding to outside agencies it supports including the Economic Development Commission and the senior center. They're also proposing 12 furlough days next year for employees including police and sheriff's officers. County employees are also facing hikes in insurance premiums.

The committee says the cutbacks are necessary because revenues have dropped dramatically. The tax digest has dropped by seven and a half percent.

The committee will be meeting twice a week through the month of May to discuss the budget that will be adopted on June 30th. Nothing is final until then. After Monday morning's meeting, the next meeting is Wednesday May 19th at 8:30am.


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