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Dept. heads told to cut 3%; second tax bills may be mandatory

Lamar County constitutional officers and department heads were told last week to look for ways to cut their budgets by three percent to make up for the apparent loss of the homeowner relief grant. Gov. Sonny Perdue has said the grants would amount to fiscal irresponsibility in the current economy. Commission chairman Jay Matthews reported the loss of the relief grants would cost Lamar about $267,000. ‘All of our constitutional officers and department heads were understanding. We don’t want to send out a second property tax bill and neither does the school system,’ Matthews said. However, the chairman reported he had received an e-mail from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia indicating a second property tax billing may be mandatory. ’There is no way I can support sending a second bill but we may be required to. It has something to do with not changing the millage rate after it is adopted. I’m for pushing the envelope on this a little bit and fighting it,’ Matthews concluded.

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