Commissioners discuss various budget cuts

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 02:03 PM.

CHIPLEY — Everything except the county millage rate was discussed by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners Monday, July 29, when they held a special workshop.

The workshop was called Thursday so the commissioners could discuss the millage rate. The commissioners will vote on a millage rate Wednesday in a special meeting.

County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Linda Cook asked the commissioners to set the millage rate at Thursday’s meeting. She proposed a millage rate of 9.23 mills to the commissioners, up from last year’s rate of 8.9195 mills.

The county is required to set the millage by Aug. 4, Cook said.

Cook asked the commissioners to set a millage rate for the county board’s meeting in Chipley. “We need a decision on the millage rate, we have got to have this turned in to the state by Aug. 4,” she said. The commissioners avoided the millage question, however, instead looking at the county’s proposed budget for places to cut — including discussions of doing away with the jobs of county manager and a human resources director, setting a minimum county property tax of $250, taking away county employees’ paid lunch benefit, and increasing the amount county employees pay for health insurance among other ideas.

Most of the ideas came from Commissioner Todd Abbott, who opened the discussion.

“I just want to throw a couple of things out there,” Abbott said, “first and a citizen of Washington County, secondly as a taxpayer, and third as a county commissioner.”

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