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May 23, 2006

Albany - Dougherty County Commissioners say they don't plan to foot the bill for school crossing guards next year.

For more than 30 years, Albany Police have the crossing guards, but decided to stop now that the school system has its own police department. The school board asked the county commission to help pay the $400,000, but Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says tax payers would be taxed twice if the county chipped in.  He says, "They felt like the taxation to do a county tax, as well as a school board tax will be a duplication and that it would not fall under the county and the best way to do this, as far as running the business of taking care of school crossing guards."

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says crossing guards have never been utilized in unincorporated areas, and studies have shown there is not a safety risk.

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