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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Dougherty County Commissioners say because of budget woes, they will not give any employees pay raises.

Monday Commissioners rejected a pay raise request for the Chief Appraiser with the Board of Tax Assessors.

Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said with all county employees being furloughed five days, he could not vote to give one employee a raise.

Commissioners voted 4 to 3 to deny a pay raise of $6000 for Chief Appraiser Larry Thomas.

The Board of Tax Assessors requested it to bring his salary more in line with other municipalities.

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said  "The blessing is they've keep their jobs. We've been able to minimize furloughs, but it's going to continue to be difficult."

Sinyard said next year's budget is shaping up to be even more difficult to balance than this year's, and commissioners are working now to make sure they don't have to lay off workers. 

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