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November 18--  The Montgomery County Commission is considering a county budget for next year that is slightly less than its current budget.

County manager David Curry told commissioners at their November meeting the $3.3 million budget is $38,734 less primarily because the county is saving an estimated $157,000 by housing prisoners at the Coffee County jail.

He said the budget would be even less were it not for a planned county-wide property revaluation expected to cost about $78,000, a ten percent increase in health insurance premiums and a five percent longevity raise for the Clerk of Court, Probate Judge and Tax Commissioner. 

Curry also said the proposed budget may need to be amended by the new board of commissioners next year to accomodate any changes requested by newly elected county Sheriff Ladson O'Connor.

The commission also agreed to set up a meeting with the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society to discuss an animal control and protection ordinance for the county.  SOAPS President Therisa Ingley said the organization gets phone calls about dogs being neglected and abused in the county.

The commission appointed John C. Davis, Jr. to succeed the late Don McArthur on the county Board of Health.