DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders spent Thursday pouring over a new budget proposal and talking with consultants about ways to increase revenue without upping the millage rate.
Right now, Dougherty County residents pay just over 12 and a half mills in county property taxes.
But with a $67.9 million budget and a looming $4 million deficit, officials said they have to do something to bring in more money.
Finance Committee Chairman Lamar Hudgins said they've fought declining revenue for years and that there is good news, the county tax digest weathered last year's storms and is doing much better than they predicted.
"The special service is increased about 2.5 percent and the general, county-wide was decreased about 0.5 percent but I honestly thought it would be worse than that and most people did, so it was a lot better news than what we were expecting," explained Lamar Hudgins.
The finance committee is recommending commissioners pass the new budget.
It includes a $100,000 expense for new digital radios for law enforcement and EMS.
That's a shared cost they have with the city of Albany and other municipalities.
County commissioners have until the end of June to accept the budget.