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Toombs Co Budget Concerns
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

March 20--  Toombs County officials are concerned about slowing tax revenue collections.

County Manager John Jones told the March meeting of the Toombs County Commission that local sales tax collections are down 12% this year.  He also reports initial collection of the new transportation sales tax is less than expected by about $9,000.  Jones said collections of $30,000 had been projected in the first month, but only $21,000 was collected.

At the same time, the county is expecting quotes on county employee health insurance soon and Jones is anticipating premium increases of between 15% and 25%.

He alerted the Commissioners that adjustments to the county budget may be necessary unless something changes in the next few months.

The Commission accepted the resignation of county Solicitor Paul Threlkeld who is moving to a law firm in Savannah.  Governor Nathan Deal will appoint an interim successor pending a special election next year.

The county is considering a recycling program at the county landfill for plastic, cardboard and glass.  It's also looking for property to open new convenience centers in the north and south parts of the county.

ImageAs part of its employee recognition program, Charles Newsome was thanked for 35 years as a county employee.  He currently works at the landfill.

The Commission also named county Ordinance Control Officer Skipper Smith as the Toombs County Employee of the Month. 

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