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More Toombs Budget Cuts
Monday, 30 November 2009

November 30--  Toombs County commissioners spent the day before Thanksgiving in a workshop meeting designed to further cut the county's 2010 budget.

Earlier, the commission had voted to increase revenue by more than a half-million dollars with a one mil tax increase on property owners.  At the workshop, they found additional cuts which would reduce expenditures by nearly a quarter-of-a-million.

Much of the reduction is coming at the expense of county employees.  They will receive no Christmas bonuses this year, there will be no pay raises next year, and the number of paid holidays is being reduced from eleven to six in 2010. Overtime pay for landfill and ambulance service employees is also being cut.

The county is reducing its contributions to various agencies by ten percent. Included are the county health department, the Department of Family and Children's Services, the Downtown Vidalia Association, the Lyons Better Hometown program and Concerted Services. 

It's also requiring that the money it gives to the recreation departments in Vidalia and Lyons be used only for capital improvement projects.

Other cuts are proposed for the Sheriff's office, the Magistrate's office and the Clerk of Court's office.

The final budget for next year is expected to be approved at the commission's meeting December 8.

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