Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's City Manager instructed all department heads to cut their budgets by 10%. That includes public safety. Right now, City leaders don't expect that workers will lose their jobs, but cutting more from an already tight budget without cutting employees will be tough.
When the call comes in, Albany Firefighters rush out. They depend on top-notch equipment, and teamwork to put out a fire and stay safe. But like all city department heads, Chief James Carswell has been told to cut his budget. He said, "Everything's on the table."
While Carswell says he doesn't plan to cut staff, he can't rule it out completely, especially since he can't cut 10% without cutting people. "What percentage of your budget is personnel?" "96%" "So how do you cut 10% without cutting personnel?" "It's very difficult, obviously it is and it's one of the things we're having to look at and it's not a pleasant task."
Assistant City Manager Wes Smith says while everything is an option, cutting people will be a last resort. "We do not anticipate, at least at this point, any consideration of positions or existing positions or furloughs."
Rather, positions that become vacant, may remain unfilled. There's already a hiring freeze for all non public safety jobs, but even those positions may not be filled immediately. Smith said, "Public safety is our highest priority and will be given the highest consideration, but this is one of those years that you've kind of got to look at everything really tough."
Tough decisions being made in tough times. Trying to stretch taxpayers dollars and keep jobs.