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Good news for Dougherty County property owners and taxpayers. The county and school boards finalized budgets today that will not require a tax increase...but school employees will face furloughs.

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Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously approved a $75-million budget with a $45-million general fund. Commissioners will cut health care costs.

They won't furlough or layoff any employees.

Last year all county employees were furloughed five days which amounted to a two percent pay cut.

Commissioners say they were determined to pass a budget with no tax increase.

Dougherty Co. Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said  "I think folks sitting around their dinner table expect government to respond to their budget just like they do at home. And that's what we are trying to do everyday."

Dougherty Co. Commissioner Lamar Hudgins said  "our sales tax revenues are increasing. I'm just glad we are back at full pay. That's the best part of this budget, and no increase in millage rate."

The County Commission will use 2-million dollars from cash reserves and county employees will begin investing 3-percent of their salary to their retirement fund.

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