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Balance budget could call for job cuts, tax increases

June 9, 2003

Albany-- In order to balance the 41 million dollar Dougherty County budget, commissioners are looking at a property tax increase, job cuts and merit pay suspensions for all full time employees.

A millage rate increase of one-half mill is on the table. That will bring the property tax to approximately 11.1 mils. Dougherty County Vice Chairman Lamar Hudgins is opposed to the property tax increase, and thinks there is a better way, "We have 8.5 million dollars in the rainy day fund and hey, it's raining, why have a rainy day fund if you are not going to use it when it's raining."

Commissioners are also considering a proposal to cut criminal investigations, the crime scene technician, and the patrol unit in the Sheriff's Department. That means six jobs at a savings of about $300 thousand dollars. The city and county police already offer those services to people, so proponents say this move will eliminate the duplication of these services.

Posted at 5:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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