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December 18--  Expenses are down this year as county officials prepare to close the books on 2013 in Toombs County.

County manager John Jones told the county commission meeting Tuesday county expenditures are down about five percent overall, $298,026.00.

In a show of gratitude and to encourage further savings, the commisson divided $12,723.85 in savings among nine departments which came in under budget.  Their directors have the authority to use the money for department needs in the coming year.


Sharing in savings are (L-R) Tommy Thompson, Landfill; State Court Judge Tommy J. Smith and Solicitor Justin Franklin; Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld; Fuzzy Swain, Roads and Bridges; Carrie Alligood, Elections; Pete Usher, Animal Control; Magistrate Judge Rizza O'Connor; Alvin Hitchcock, Building Maintenance and Belinda Whirley, Financial Administration.

The commission heard an appeal from Tumi to waive $153,000 in Freeport Exemption taxes.  Richard Lawrence claims the company filed the appropriate paperwork on time with the county tax assessor's office and that it was lost.   The county attorney is checking to see if the commissioners have the authority to waive the charges.

Toombs County has received approval of a reimbursement agreement from the state of Georgia regarding paving of the Ezra Taylor Road and hopes to receive a notice to proceed from the Georgia Department of Transportation soon.  Officials say the next step would be to get right of way agreements with property owners.  They hope to pave the road in 2014.

At the same time, bids will be sought to re-stripe 32 miles of paved roads in the county and to seek bids for paving up to five miles of dirt roads.  The county plans to spend $474,000 resurfacing county roads in 2014.

Three members reappointed to the county hospital authority are Jeremy Joyner, Powell Collins and Dr. Bob DeJarnette.

The commission also added a third year to the contract of county manager John Jones and awarded a new three-year audit contract.

The Macon firm of Mauldin and Jenkins underbid Vidalia's McLain, Calhoun, McCullough, Clark and Company by $12,000.  The total contract is $117,000.