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Commissioners pass bigger budget

June 30, 2004

Valdosta - A South Georgia county has more money to spend this year.

Lowndes County commissioners passed a 37.6 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2005 Wednesday. That's a 3.7 percent increase over last year's budget. The extra money will allow the county to hire five new full-time employees and one new part-time worker.

"We were able to have a cost of living increase as well as continued merit increases based on anniversary dates of the employees so those were successful things that we really felt were important to put in the budget this year," said County Manager Joe Pritchard.

The new positions will be at the tax assessor's office, fire and sheriff's departments, and animal control.

The new budget will also allow the county's millage rate to stay at 8.86 percent.

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