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Development Authority, BOC discuss funding in group meeting
Authority called countys periscope into the future
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Development Authority of Dawson County Executive Director Charlie Auvermann presents the board of commissioners with budget requests for the fiscal year 2018. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News
"I've been on this board for five years, and I don't remember us ever doing this," said Sherry Weeks, chair of the Development Authority of Dawson County board of directors, as she opened a joint meeting with the county board of commissioners earlier this month. All five commissioners as well as six of the seven development authority members met at the government center June 21 to discuss what commission Chair Billy Thurmond called "issues" that the two groups have been struggling with since the authority issued a tax exemption to Kroger in December 2015 for the new marketplace location. With some commissioners still upset that the authority did not consult with the board before approving the bond, the commission voted Nov. 15 to deny the authority funds for the 2017 fiscal year and removed the recommended $150,000 from its budget.