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Dougherty citizens worry about going into reserves

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June 16, 2008

Dougherty County -- Dougherty County Commissioners don't want to raise your taxes, but some taxpayers question their decision to use millions of dollars from reserves to balance the budget.

Monday commissioners made a few changes to the proposed budget. They agreed to give $20,000 to keep the James Gray Senior Center open in East Albany.

That will come out of the county's reserve fund. In fact, the county will need almost four million dollars from reserves to balance the new budget. Critics say that's too much.

"Some of the reserves are going to be used and set aside to balance the budget. And we felt the reserves should always be there for emergencies and disasters such as floods like the one we went through in '94," said Laurie Jenkins.

More than 15-million dollars will remain in Dougherty County's reserve fund even after the county balances the upcoming fiscal year's budget.

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