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Budget cuts could affect human resources

May 19, 2005

Albany- Some South Georgia county leaders say the state is making it harder for them to deliver the services you depend on.

The Department of Human Resources held the first in a series of budget hearings to give the public and elected officials a chance to voice concerns.

A Tift County Commissioner says cuts in money for area health departments is putting health services in danger.

"We're the ones who are the ones that inspect the restaurants, and we're the ones that make sure that your sewage is correct. We're the ones who prevent epidemics so all of those things in public health are vital functions," said Charlotte Bedell, Tift County Commissioner.

She says, the state is putting more money in grant and aid programs instead of sending it directly to counties.

DHR is getting more money in next year's state budget. Much of it will go to add 500 child enforcement personnel and counselors to assist DFACS.

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