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BOC approves $174 million county budget

Transfers 27 deputies to PD

— Property taxes in Clayton County are expected to produce more revenue than previously thought, but it will end up being a wash for county leaders because they will use the extra income to exempt some departments from a hiring freeze.

The county commission voted 3-1 Thursday to approve their $174.7 million budget for fiscal year 2014. Commissioner Gail Hambrick cast the lone dissenting vote and Commissioner Sonna Singleton was out of town.

Chief Financial Officer Ramona Thurman said the final tax digest figures from the Tax Assessor's Office shows the digest's net assessed value is $5.9 million, which is up from $5.8 million in the preliminary data. By keeping the county's base millage rate at 20.953 mills, taxes are expected to produce an extra $1.9 million in revenues.

The net mill rate residents actually pay will be 14.549 mills because of a higher sales tax credit this year.

At the same time, Thurman said the county has decided to waive the planned hiring freeze for those departments whose head is an elected official. That includes the courts and clerks offices, and the offices of district attorney, sheriff, solicitor general and the tax commissioner.

Thurman said it will cost about $1.9 million to fill vacancies in those offices.

Sheriff Victor Hill will also lose 27 deputies to the police department as part of the budget. The deputies had served as school resource officers during the school year but Hill decided earlier this year to end that arrangement.

Thurman said the commission had an agreement with the sheriff's office that mandated the positions could only exist as long as an SRO contract was in affect with the schools. She said Chairman Jeff Turner decided to transfer the deputies and their positions to the police department rather than lay them off.

The school system was paying the county $1 million per year for the SROs but that income will go away now that the contract has been terminated.

The loss of the SRO contract is part of a $5 million loss in revenues the county will have to cover by taking money out of its general fund reserves. The others a $3 million shortfall in the county’s fire fund and a loss of $1 million in reimbursements because the state is not temporarily housing inmates in the county jail long enough to qualify for refunds anymore.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

Quote : (( "Sheriff Victor Hill will also lose 27 deputies to the police department as part of the budget. The deputies had served as school resource officers during the school year but Hill decided earlier this year to end that arrangement.")) (( "The school system was paying the county $1 million per year for the SROs but that income will go away now that the contract has been terminated."))

.....I have always criticized Clayton County for it's long term memory loss, but, now, I have room to criticize Clayton County for it's short term memory loss :

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....Taking the Deputies from the schools will show more revenue for the county in minor traffic infractions, same holds true when transferring the Deputies to the county police department.

.....I'm more concerned about being stiffed by the Police & Deputies in this county, than I am by the criminal elements.

....I feel as though I can't get any respect in this county. I don't have wonder why the businesses has closed down in this county.Clayton County has lost a good paying customer, when they lost me....reckon, there many that feels the same way as I feel.

.....Victor's Rude & Nasty Minions has no place on our streets harrassing our residents.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....Transferring these Deputies to the county police department is a very huge mistake; They should have been let go by the reason for "reduction of force".

....Pulling over a vehicle, with a front burnt headlight should be warning, but not in the eyes of these deputies. How can anyone stop to changed out a headlight, when it just went out ?

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