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Toombs Approves Budget
Wednesday, 15 December 2010

December 15--  The Toombs County Commission has approved a budget for 2011 which is over a half-million dollars less than this year.

The $9.1 million budget was approved at the commission's December meeting.

"It's just going through the books and looking and finding and working with the constitutional officers who were real helpful in cutting some of their budgets," according to commission chairman Buddy West.

The biggest cuts were taken Sheriff Junior Kight who took a nearly $84,000 hit in his office and jail budgets.

West said it's a "pretty good feat within itself to have had no county layoffs," and he reports the commission is restoring two paid holidays which went unpaid this year for county employees.

The commission also reports county residents will have the option of using trash carts under a one-year renewal of the county's garbage contract with Sullivan Environmental in Vidalia.

It also approved a $200,000 revolving loan for use by the county development authority to close the deal with U.S. Pet to locate a pet food manufacturing operation in Toombs County.  Officials estimate the company will start with 150 new jobs and a capital investment of $25 million.

Before the meeting, Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld swore in First District Commissioner Roy Lee Williams to his sixth term and Fourth District Commissioner Jeff McCormick to his first term starting January 1. 

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