Monday, October 25, 2010

2011 PROPOSED UPSON COUNTY BUDGET

THE  UPSON  COUNTY  COMMISSIONERS  FINALIZED  THE  PROPOSED  2011  BUDGET,  DURING  A  WORK  SESSION,  FRIDAY. ITS  ALMOST  $59,000   LESS  THAN  THE  CURRENT  BUDGET  AND  NO  FURLOUGH  DAYS FOR  COUNTY  EMPLOYEES  ARE  PLANNED. CHAIRMAN  MAURICE  RAINES  AID  THE  $13.2 MILLION  BUDGET  INCLUDES  REVENUES  OF  $11 MILLION FOR  TAXES,$885,000  FOR  FINES  AND  FEES,$36,000  FOR  GRANTS  AND  SUBSIDIES  AND  LOCAL  GOVERNMENT  REIMBUSEMENT  OF  $525,000.THE  LARGEST  LINE  ITEM  IS  INSURANCE,RETIREMENT  AND  INTEREST,$2.3 MILLION, JOINT  PROJECTS 1.9,JAIL  OPERATIONS 1.5 AND THE  SHERIFF’S  DEPARTMENT  1.3 MILLION. THE  BUDGETS  FOR  THE  SHERIFF  AND  JAIL BOTH  DECREASED  IN  THE  PROPOSED  BUDGET.CHAIRMAN  RAINES  SAID  ITS  A  FIRST, THE  COUNTY  COMMISSIONERS  HAVE  NEVER  COMPLETED THE  BUDGET  BY  NOVEMBER  IST, PUBLIC  HEARINGS  WILL  BE  SCHEDULED.  THE  UPCOMING  SPLOST  WAS  ALSO  DISCUSSED DURING THE  WORK  SESSION,ITS  LOOKS  TO  BE  AN  $18MILLION,6  YEAR SALES  TAX  MEASURE.ACCORDING  TO  THE  CHAIRMAN, THE  BIG CONCERNS FOR  THE  COMMISSIONERS IN THE  NEXT  SPLOST INCLUDE  RECREATION,BUILDING  IMPROVEMENTS, AND  ROADS.  HE  PLANS  A  SECOND  MEETING  WITH  THE  CITY OF  THOMASTON  AND CITY OF  YATESVILLE, SOON,  TO  MOVE FOWARD  ON  SPLOST  PLANNING.  THE  MEASURE  WILL  PROBABLY  BE  ON   THE  BALLOT  IN   MARCH.

1 comment:

  1. " Chairman Raines said it's a first."
    Sounds like someone is trying to toot their own horn again, as usual. What happens if most people aren't able to pay their taxes this time- More cuts from the sheriff and jail budget? What happens if voters are getting tired of the way SPLOST money is wasted?
    How much more money can this county keep wasting on roads? The way the county builds, repairs or paves should be an embarrassment to the department. It's as if there are no guidelines to go by. The roads are not holding up (check out Trice road for one). Look at the roads worked on in the past couple of years. It's poor quality in the materials or the workmanship or both. The county needs to just get back to doing what they are able to do, maintain, not build.

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