August 25, 2011
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Authorities continue investigation
Officials were closely scrutinizing other balance sheets.
While an agreement on how the money would be split up has not been acted upon, Butts County commissioners on Monday formally voted to call for a referendum that would extend the county's one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for six years.
Under a new proposal floated this week by county officials, a larger chunk of the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax would be used to retire the county's hefty debts.
Officials from each of Butts County's municipalities offered input Monday on the language that is expected to be put on the ballot in a county-wide sales tax referendum this November, and the language of an agreement to divide the proceeds among various governments.
Butts County commissioners, and leaders from each of the county's three cities -- along with representatives from the water authority and development authority -- will soon decide how to divvy up proceeds from the next 1-cent sales tax, if it passes.
Swim LessonsThe department has one session of swim lessons remaining this summer. Lessons are instructed by American Red Cross instructors and class curriculum follows the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. The last session available for this summer is July 5-15. Beginner and intermediate lessons are available.
Butts County commissioners, unable to reach a consensus on key elements of the 2012 spending plan, voted 3-2 on Monday to move forward with a version of the budget that restores paid holidays for the county's roughly 200 employees.
Butts County commissioners and school board members are beginning the process of redrawing the political boundaries in the county, following the 2010 census that showed the county has grown by about 4,000 people in the past decade.
Butts County officials will be holding a meeting next week to discuss plans for calling a vote on extending the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax.
Anticipating a nearly $1 million shortfall in the budget for fiscal year 2011, which ends next month, Butts County commissioners agreed to cut employee pay and use money from reserve accounts to make up the difference.
The new fire station in the Worthville community is expected to cost $50,000 less than the lowest bid submitted to Butts County officials for its construction.
Butts County employees, asked to take 10 unpaid holidays in fiscal 2011, would get that holiday pay restored under a spending plan proposed for 2012.
Butts County Animal Control held a rabies and microchip clinic on Saturday, March 26, in which rabies shots were given to almost 50 dogs -- and a few cats -- and more than 20 pets received microchips with identifying information, according to Animal Control Officer Amanda Cooper.
Another small auto sales lot is coming to Butts County, on Ga. Highway 36 near Keys Ferry Road.
A committee to promote a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in Butts County is being formed.
While some observers and critics have pointed out that Butts County is nearly $20 million in debt, County Administrator Alan E. White says the picture is "not quite that gruesome and awful."
Butts County's newest commissioner wants to create a task force to review county expenses.