A little over a month after Chairman Billy Thurmond’s initial proposed budget presentation, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to adopt the 2019 budget for all funds at $42,520,137. The Nov. 1 vote followed a discussion and motion for several changes to the general fund budget, which comes in at a total of $27,170,235. There are 22 other funds including the capital projects fund and SPLOST funds making up the difference. At Thurmond’s request commissioners added funds back to the Tax Commissioner’s Office for computers and supplies, added funds back to the planning and development department for software updates and allocated funds to the parks and recreation department for an increase in electricity costs. Commissioners also voted in favor of District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix’s recommendation to allocate $66,426 to fund a public relations specialist position at the bequest of County Manager David Headley.
BREAKING: Local legislation could provide specific property tax relief to Dawson County seniors. Here’s the latest.