Board defunds human resources, IT jobs

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved a budget of $23,070,325 Monday night, and set the county millage rate at 8.9195 — lower than what was originally recommended.

The 2014 budget does not fund a human resources director, a computer IT person nor an administrative assistant for the county manager, three jobs that all currently have people employed at the county annex.

As of the end of September, however, those jobs will go away.

“What’s happening to these folks here is not even Christian,” Commissioner Joel Pate said. “It’s not even non-Christian.”

Pate and Commissioner Todd Abbott were the only two commissioners to vote against the budget, which effectively fires three employees.

Commissioners Lynn Gothard, Alan Bush and Charles Brock all voted in favor of the budget.

The commissioners were unanimous in their decision to set the millage rate, although Abbott said he would support raising the millage rate if it could save the three jobs. “This is three people’s lives we’re talking about, and their families’ lives,” Abbott said.

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