Dougherty County Commissioners are taking a close look at next year's budget, working to avoid a tax increase. Over the course of the next month commissioners will review the budget piece by piece. Monday, they looked at the solid waste fund and how the landfill stacks up.
The Dougherty County landfill sits on about 250 acres and is part of the county's solid waste enterprise fund.
"A landfill is a community asset. It's very important. We actually have two landfills there. We have the CND which is the construction and demolition landfill for your yard waste and then we have the municipal solid waste landfill which is the line landfill, very expensive to operate, very heavily regulated," said Richard Crowdis, the Dougherty County administrator.
The solid waste enterprise fund has been able to generate thousands of dollars for the county each year and next year it's expected to do the same.
"The budget for next year is roughly $3 million in expenses and about $3.3 million in revenues so we do anticipate next year of a net income of roughly $300,000," said Crowdis.
County Commissioners were presented with the first portion of next year's budget during Monday's meeting.
Commissioner Lamar Hudgins, who's on the finance committee says they've been working on it diligently for the past month.
"This gives an opportunity for the full commission to hear it all and ask any questions, make any revisions, because it's our recommendation," said Hudgins.
The proposed budget for next year is about $77 million.
There's no millage increase in the proposed budget. Commissioners will review the rest of the numbers throughout their meetings this month. The final vote on the budget will be on June 30th.