Commissioner Tommy Robinson is leading the effort to streamline the cost of running Jones County’s nine convenience centers, which costs taxpayers a million dollars a year to manage.
The commissioners looked at two plans, the first closed six centers one additional day each week and three centers a third day. That plan leaves the schedules of the three busiest centers, Overland Way, Garrison Road, and Rock Creek, unchanged.
The second simpler plan closed all centers one additional day, which would mean all the centers would be closed Monday and Thursday. Commissioner Jonathan Pitts appeared to be alone in his preference for the second plan.
Both plans will save the county $45,000 to $50,000 a year. The annual savings of closing the centers for a day is $5,375, and both plans close centers for a total of nine days.
Chairman Preston Hawkins said the reason the first plan is preferred is it will effectively give all convenience center full-time employees the number or hours required to keep their benefits and keep open the three busiest centers the maximum possible number of days.
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