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Tifton city leaders to spend 50% of FY2018 budget on public safety

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Tifton's Finance Director Wayne Putnal (Source: WALB) Tifton's Finance Director Wayne Putnal (Source: WALB)
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Public safety is the emphasis in next year's budget but Tifton residents will not see an increase in their millage rate as they strive for top notch emergency response.

The total budget comes to about $42.3 million. 

Tifton's Finance Director Wayne Putnal said residents can expect to see 50 percent of their tax dollars going to public safety, which is about $7.6 million.

Tifton's Police Department will get 37 percent of those funds, and 19 percent goes to the Fire Department. 

Most of the funds will go to training, equipment and recruitment. 

"Then on the police department right now we've issues of finding people to be police officers I think across south Georgia is finding enough people who want to be a police officer," said Putnal. 

Taxpayers will no longer see the $800,000 that typically comes from Tift County Fire Department. 

Recently, city council members voted to get rid of the joint Fire Department with the county.

City leaders plan to makeup for that loss by cutting several jobs at various departments across the city.  

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