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Dougherty Judges say their pay can't be cut

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County is far from finalizing its budget. Wednesday, the county finance committee met again to discuss budget woes.

They heard briefly from Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette and Chief Magistrate Judge Baxter Howell. The judges wanted the commission to know their county supplements or salaries cannot be cut per state law.

Even so, the judges, most whom make more than $100,000 a year, can voluntarily take the 4.6 percent cut that is likely to impact other county employees.  County Finance Chairman Lamar Hudgins said, "Several counties have. All their judges took voluntary pay cuts."

The county finance committee also looked into other areas they can make cuts Wednesday, including the $2.4 Million they give outside agencies, like the Flint Riverquarium, a summer youth program at Albany State University, and the Economic Development Commission.

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