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Commissioner offers plan to balance budget without tax hike
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 21, 2014 | 1060 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superior Court Clerk Bart Jackson takes his turn during the county’s budget meetings to speak to the Board of Commissioners about the needs of the courts.
Superior Court Clerk Bart Jackson takes his turn during the county’s budget meetings to speak to the Board of Commissioners about the needs of the courts.
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Commissioner Daylon Martin asked his fellow board members for funds for a community center on Highway 49.
Commissioner Daylon Martin asked his fellow board members for funds for a community center on Highway 49.
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Jones County commissioners have been meeting and meeting again, listening to requests from department heads and putting pencils to paper, attempting to balance the budget.

At the end of the Aug. 15 meeting, it appeared there would be no tax rate increase this year.

Budget meetings started at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 with Recreation Director Matt Goins, and board members listened to their final department head Friday morning, Development Authority Executive Director Kathyjo Gordon.

Every presenter seemed to have a list of essential needs and not one of the requests was for a luxury item.

At the end of the rounds of requests, the budget expenses towered over the revenues by $1.8 million, which set up two options for the commissioners. They could raise taxes by close to three mills or start making cuts. By law, county budgets must be balanced.

Commissioner Jonathan Pitts brought the board a recommendation at the conclusion of the Aug. 15 session, which was also a called meeting. His suggestion was to give departments what they had last year and take out all salary increases. He noted that the county updated its pay scale for employees last year with the exception of the Sheriff’s Department.

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