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County signs off on 2019 budget

There’s likely fine-tuning left to be done, but the county’s 2019 Budget was approved at Thursday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Following minor adjustments from the first public hearing, staff presented the revised budget for approval. The budget will have a positive impact of more than $521,000 while maintaining the county’s commitment to balance current year revenues and expense.

County Administrator Steve Rapson lauded another property tax millage rate rollback that will net taxpayers a savings of roughly $600,000 this year.

“For the past six years, we’ve rolled back taxes every single year. We have not had a tax increase,” he said. “Our cities cannot say that. They cant even say that this year.”

A number of items were not included in the budget, but could be added later, including potentially adding law clerks, increasing the supplement for Superior Court judges, and funding Saturday hours for Fayette Senior Services.

“The staff did do a great job with the budget, and all our departments were really helpful working with finance to get us a good budget,” said Commissioner Randy Ognio. “If we need to make adjustments to the budget later, we can do it.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.