ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County’s budget for the 2020 year came to an optimistic close and employees may get to see the benefits.
The recommendation for county employees to receive a potential bonus came after the county budget update.
“When we were here back in June, setting the budget, we were all scared to death about COVID and what would happen. And you see the budget was 5 million and five for your local option sales tax. You actually received 2 million and 97,000. So local option sales tax is 38 percent or five percent above budget,” said Ed Wall, Dougherty County’s financial consultant.
Wall said the county was still able to rake in sales tax funds from online retailers.
“Nobody’s going to restaurants, stores, aren’t shopping. But evidently, they’re buying at Amazon.com on the internet. The State of Georgia Department of Revenue collects the sales taxes on your behalf and they won’t give you point of sale information. We don’t know where that’s coming from, but every client I’ve got in the state is having results like you’re having and sales taxes are above budget,” said Wall.
Because the county’s budget performed so well this year, County Administrator Michael McCoy suggested commissioners consider approving a lump-sum distribution to both part-time and full-time employees of the county.
“There are three options, A, B, and C. And the first option is a very conservative $600. It would cost us $419,835. Option B, a $700 lump-sum distribution that will cost $489,808. Option C is an $800 lump-sum distribution, and that will cost $559,000,” explained McCoy.
Commissioners agreed that county employees have earned this reward.
“Because of the times we are going through, in light of COVID and the lack of money circulating through our community, I think this is out of the box thinking. I don’t know if we’ve done this before — maybe a long, long time ago. So, again, I don’t want to make light of the effort that the staff has made to make sure this happened,” said District 2 Commissioner Victor Edwards.
The county commission will vote on the fund distribution at its next voting session, which is Monday, December 7.