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Albany commissioners approve budget amidst controversy

The raised hands of the commissioners in favor of the budget (Source: WALB) The raised hands of the commissioners in favor of the budget (Source: WALB)
Mayor Dorotyh Hubbard was adamant about passing the budget before the pending deadline (Source: WALB) Mayor Dorotyh Hubbard was adamant about passing the budget before the pending deadline (Source: WALB)
Commissioner Tommie Postell was very vocal about his displeasure with the budget (Source: WALB) Commissioner Tommie Postell was very vocal about his displeasure with the budget (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Wednesday night, in a 4 to 3 vote, Albany city commissioners passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

But not without controversy.

Several commissioners wanted to make last minute amendments to the budget, that sparked some contentious debate.

Commissioner Roger Marietta wanted to add $50,000 dollars to the city's contribution to the Economic Development Commission.

That suggestion came after county commissioners reduced their contribution by $50,000 this week.

Both Bobby Coleman and Tommie Postell argued against $61,000 dollars included in the budget to hire a new public affairs officer for the city.

And commissioner Jon Howard complained about possible utility bill increases.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said making changes in the 11th hour was out of question when commissioners had weeks to express concerns.

"It's kind of a moving document that allows amendments so you can also have amendments, and you're not going to get everything you want in a budget. There were a couple things in there I would've liked to have changed but overall the budget was good," said Mayor Hubbard.

The budget will kick in July 1.

Commissioners did agree to take another look at the EDC budget and the public affairs position.

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