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New Leaf At Toombs Co Commission
Wednesday, 09 January 2013

January 9--  The Toombs County Commission wants to turn a new leaf with the county's municipalities.

Three of the five commissioners are newly elected and joined two incumbents Tuesday night in voting not to appeal a recent court decision which rejected the county's position of the distribution of Local Option Sales Tax revenue.

ImageNew Chairman Blake Tillery said he hopes the vote will send a signal to the cities that Toombs County wants to be a partner in the future.

"I appreciate your votes on this matter.  I think it's a good decision and works well for our county and says a lot for the new commissioners and the old commissioners to put this behind us and to help us work with the cities.  There are a lot of efficiencies if we can work together and I hope this is the first step in that direction," Tillery said.

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Before the meeting, Toombs Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld conducted a ceremonial swearing-in for the newly elected commissioners (L-R) Darriel Nobles, Wendell Dixon and Blake Tillery.

Tillery appointed Commissioner Jeff McCormick as vice-chairman and named standing committees to include McCormick and Roy Lee Williams on Roads and Bridges, Darriel Nobles and Wendell Dixon on the County Landfill, Nobles and Williams to Recreation and Dixon and McCormick to Public Safety.

The commission agreed to seek a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant this year on behalf of the Mercy Medical Clinic assuming the Meadows Hospital board can provide property for the clinic.  Mercy Exexcutive Director Nancy Stanley says the old hospital property on Meadows Lane is being considered.

County manager John Jones reported the county ended the year with nearly $5.5 million in the general fund and certificates of deposit, almost $470,000 in the 911 account, nearly $144,000 in the jail fund, more than $2 million in SPLOST funds, about $2.1 million in the landfill account and CD's and just over $600,000 in the EMS fund.  Jones also said EMS had its busiest month ever in December with 551 calls.

He also reported sales tax collections in the county last year were about 7% more than in 2011 and amounted to just over $2 million.

 
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