You don't need me to tell you that times are tough. Many families are having a hard time making ends meet. The last thing they need right now is a higher tax bill.
Most of the elected officials in our area realize that too. Local governments recently approved new budgets for the new fiscal year, and most of them did so without a tax increase. It wasn't easy. Officials had to make some tough decisions, but that's what we elected them to do.
It's probably true that not every decision was the right one. Albany city commissioners kept Carver Pool open even though few kids use it. Dougherty County Commissioners couldn't find any money to boost salaries for underpaid police officers.
But officials did a lot of things right. Lee County commissioners went through the budget line by line and cut enough spending to pay for long overdue raises. Albany city leaders found enough money to fund the new Gang Unit, all without increasing our tax burden
Overall, local representatives throughout south Georgia took their jobs seriously and did the best they could under difficult circumstances.