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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Dougherty County Commissioners Monday went over numbers to finalize their 2014 fiscal year budget.

Commissioners say the budget is more stable but still tight.

The budget maintains the same millage rate, and many property owner's tax bill will actually go down slightly because of the large number of residential and commercial properties that were re-assessed at lower values.

Commissioners credit the repayment of a loan for insurance costs with preventing any tax increase.

"Last year we got $600,000, and this year we are getting $900,000 back," said Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.  "That's $900,000 we're getting this year, that we won't have next year. So we're still in a crunch mode."

There are no raises for the more than 650 county employees in next year's budget,  but Commissioners talked about the possibility of giving bonuses later this year if the economy improves.

Commissioner are scheduled to vote on the budget next week.

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