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Commissioners review budget

May 31, 2005

Albany-- City Commissioners are pouring over budget proposals that could cut some city services, and raise utility costs for city residents.

With city finances in danger of being in the red, commissioners are looking carefully at budget items one by one.

Commissioners are considering raising the solid waste charge to city homeowners by almost $6.00 per month to cover storm and street solid waste cleanup. Thin service used to be covered the general fund, but will now be transferred to an enterprise fund, which most cities use to cover such costs.

The city is considering hiring an officer to oversee inmates who would pick up litter in the city, and two inspectors who would patrol the city, issuing tickets for littering, and collecting fines from litterbugs.

Fuel prices have driven up expenses for city departments, and commissioners are reviewing the results of a study that shows that Albany Public Works employees are "grossly underpaid," in comparison to their counterparts in other Georgia cities. For that reason, they are trying to find room in the budget for a 2% across the board raise.

The Commission may also purchase a half-million dollar drum grinder to reduce the volume of debris that is sent to the landfill, because the landfill could reach capacity soon. The grinder would produce mulch that would be given free to citizens, and some could be used to fire boilers at Procter & Gamble.


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