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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Worth County is in the middle of a money problem. Officials say they do not have enough money to pay workers this Friday.

According to the county, the budget has a need for $350,000 but only $40,000 is available to pay out.

The county took a loan of $750,000 in early September, but commissioners worry about paying future bills.

Officials say they expect $600,000 from insurance refunds in the coming weeks that will help pay salaries and provide some cash on hand.

On Tuesday County Commissioners unanimously approved a vote to find a bank to issue a $350,000 loan at a competitive rate.

"We can't do anymore tax increases," said Commission Chairman Mike Cosby. "I mean we've got what we've got and we're gonna have to live with it and we're just gonna have to make every effort possible to keep up with every penny that's out there, count every dime and make sure our list is met."

County Attorney Clerence Miller, Commissioner Billy McDonald, and Commissioner Betty Bozeman were not present for the vote. Miller resigned earlier in the week.

Commissioners immediately moved into an executive session after the vote to discuss personnel issues.

Commissioners voted down a tax increase in July.

There has not been an increase since 2006.
Cosby says the commission won't revisit the issue and hopes to see more tax revenue collected during the holiday season.

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