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Judge Taking Cut
Friday, 11 December 2009

December 14--  Another Toombs County elected official is taking a temporary pay cut to help the county save money. 

State Court Judge Tommy J. Smith says he's taking a ten percent cut in pay the first six months of 2010.  "The budgetary crisis is what caused me to do it.  We can all do our part and this is something I can do immediately that will represent an immediate saving for the county," he reports.

The judge's pay cut amounts to about $1,800.  Earlier, Commissioner Skeeter Toole volunteered to cut his pay ten percent next year for a savings of about $840.

Judge Smith notes the economic recession is having an impact on the amount of money being collected by the State Court.  "The economic situation probably has something to do with the fact people are working less and driving less.  The actual number of cases is actually down and that's reflected in the amount of revenue because fewer cases are being prosecuted," he says.

In addition to taking a salary cut, Judge Smith says he has taken steps to eliminate other expenses in his office.

"Our budget this year is about $4,000 less than it was last year.  Last year's budget represented a decrease from the previous year, so this is the third year that we've had a decrease in our budget," he says.  

Meanwhile, Toombs County manager Doug Eaves says he's hopeful the county will not have to borrow any more money to get to the end of the year.  So far, $500,000 has been borrowed to meet operating expenses.

Toombs County property tax bills are scheduled to be mailed December 15th.  Eaves hopes to see the county cash flow increase as taxpayers who itemizetheir federal tax returns pay their county taxes before the end of December.  The deadline for payment is February 15, 2010.

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