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October 11--  The Montgomery County Commission is allocating an estimated $100,000 a year for the next 15 years to the county's Development Authority.

The commission voted to invest one-half mil in taxes in economic development at its October meeting Monday.

Development Authority Chairman Colon Sammons says it will give the Development Authority the money it needs to attract business and jobs to the county.

"It allows the Development Authority to make some plans for the future and continue the good things that our Executive Director Joe Filippone has been doing for the last three or four years.  There are quite a few new businesses in Mount Vernon now," Sammons says.

Meanwhile, Filippone told the Commissioners there's some increase in local sales taxes due to new retail activity in the county.  He also reported that Montgomery County has met state requirements to be designated a "Work Ready" community and thanked Lisa Adams and Kim Taylor from STC for their assistance.

The commission also met with residents of Ailey who are concerned about redistricting maps which are being developed in conjunction with the Georgia Office of Reapportionment in Atlanta.  The Ailey District has only a quarter of the more than 1,600 potential voters required by federal law.  The new map is expected to move a significant amount of voters from the Mount Vernon District into the Ailey District.

The commission appointed Dee Anne Shiplett to succeed Cathy Moses on the Regional Mental Health Board.