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Terrell Sheriff and Commissioners continue to feud over new jail

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens stormed out of a County Commission meeting Wednesday morning as he and commissioners continue to disagree over funding for the new jail.

Commissioners say the Sheriff's request for 21-guards at the new facility will result in a 4 mill increase in property taxes, making Terrell County's taxes among the highest in the state.

The Sheriff said he's trying to follow the justice department's orders and he'll let them handle the situation when inspectors return in April.

Commissioner Van Phillips also questioned why Bowens isn't sending information to a private company hired to collect back taxes for the county. Commissioners say after touring the jail, they still don't think Bowens needs twice the number of jailers.

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