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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Your tax money pays utility bills at more than 15,000 state buildings. A proposed constitution could make those buildings more energy and water efficient at no cost to taxpayers.

Right now, Georgia's constitution forbids the state from entering into multi-year agreements to finance energy and conservation projects. Amendment four would change that.

State leaders say conservation projects could drastically cut the $225 million the state pays every year for utility bills.

In Albany, more than 120 buildings qualify for improvements.

"They can cut their energy usage in half if they can identify the funds to be able to replace that equipment. What this amendment does is allow the state to leverage those energy savings to pay for the improvements in a budget neutral fashion," said Doug Hennen of Taxpayers for Energy Efficiency.

The work would replace leaky faucets and decades-old heating and air conditioning units with new more efficient models.

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