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Commission Restores One Paid Holiday
Wednesday, 09 December 2009

December 9--  After raising taxes and cutting expenses, Toombs County commissioners approved the county's 2010 budget at their December meeting Tuesday.

The $17.7 million budget is about $200,000 less that this year's budget.  In the process, the commission restored one paid holiday to employees at a cost of $24,000.  County employees will not be paid for four holidays next year including Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, July 4th and one day at Christmas to save the county $96,000.  All commissioners voted for the cuts except Roy Lee Williams who abstained.

Another commissioner, Skeeter Toole, says he is taking a ten percent cut in his annual salary due to the county's money problems. That amounts to $840.00 according to county officials.

Visitors to the courthouse will see another result of budget cuts.  Sheriff Junior Kight says his department will save about $22,000 a year by reducing the number of front door guards from two to one except on court days.

The commission agreed to sell its interest in a 56-acre site near Ailey to the Montgomery County commission for $84,700.

It also appointed a five-member board of elections to include Troy Reddick, Donnie Mann, Jr., Hoyt Pittman, Jr., Kathy Milligan and Paula Jones.  The new board takes the place of the county probate judge in running elections in the future.

Commissioner Steve Brown was elected as the commission's vice-chair for the new year succeeding Louie Powell. 

The commission has a meeting December 21 with a representative of the Association of County Commissions in Georgia.  The purpose is to discuss new sources of revenue for the county.

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