BOC to address budget at special meeting

Service delivery, LOST also on agenda

— The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a rare morning meeting Thursday to take care of three key issues.

Commissioners will vote on adoption of their proposed $172.8 million fiscal year 2014 budget during the 9 a.m. meeting in their chambers at 112 Smith St. in Jonesboro. They will also vote on whether they will sign the negotiated service delivery strategy and Local Option Sales Tax agreements with the county’s cities.

If they approve the agreements, it will wrap up long-standing issues that left a schism between the county and the municipalities for much of the last three years.

Commissioners will also vote on an amendment to the 2013 budget to pay $50,494 to District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson. County officials have said the money is to make up for spousal pension money that Lawson’s husband was entitled to, but not paid, when she retired as a Juvenile Court judge to run for her position in 2008.

Resolutions regarding pick-up contributions for Superior Court judges and the naming of Veterans Memorial Bridge in Rex are also on the agenda.