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Toombs Relooking Budget
Wednesday, 21 October 2009

October 21--  Toombs County commissioners are going back to the drawing board on the county's budget for next year.

County manager Doug Eaves reports the proposed budget exceeds anticipated revenues by more than a half-million dollars.

"We had a significant shortfall when we put the budget together for next year.  Proposed revenues versus expenditures came up about $515,000 short.  So the commissioners are going back in a workshop and go through the budget. The commissioners will decide whether they want to cut that $515,000, look for additional revenues or decide what kind of structuring they want to do to get a balanced budget as they are required," he said.

According to Eaves, the proposed budget is 1.2% less than this year, however, he adds, "When you're facing shortfalls because of sales tax being down and other fines and fees being down across the board, we ended up with a $515,000 shortfall."

The county manager says Toombs County has no reserves and has had to establish a $1.5 million line of credit to pay county expenses through the end of this year.

He says the county commission has two options, raise taxes or cut expenses.  The commission is holding a budget workshop Friday morning at ten. 

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