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 FRONT PAGE - OCTOBER 13, 1999 - DANIELSVILLE, GA

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT


Proposed 2000 budget down slightly
No tax increase planned;
county employees may see 2 percent raise
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Madison County leaders aren't planning any property tax rate hikes as the county's budget appears headed for a slight reduction next year.
County commission chairman Wesley Nash presented the board of commissioners his proposed fiscal year 2000 budget Monday, down approximately $31,000 from the total general fund revenues and expenditures budgeted for 1999.
The commissioners, who give final approval to the budget, will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the chairman's 27 pages of proposed budget figures.
The proposed $8.67 million budget includes $296,000 in contingency funds, up from just $6,800 in 1999. Also planned is a two percent raise for all county employees, though the chairman's recommended budget did not factor in that increase.
The most significant proposed departmental decrease is for E-911, down from $558,500 in 1999 to $357,785. The largest departmental increase is proposed for the sheriff's department, from $1.33 million to $1.46 million.
Last year, county leaders put off approval of the budget until the final meeting of the year, giving the thumbs-up for the budget with a 3-2 vote on Dec. 28 The delay could have led to a government shutdown had the budget not been approved by the new year.
In other business during the 45-minute meeting Monday, the board:
·approved $480 for pants for E-911 employees and $250 for 100 E-911 patches.
·agreed to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 on the proposed closing of the dirt portion of Crabapple Hollow Road.
·heard from resigning planning department head Lee Sutton, who was reassured by county attorney John McArthur that legal fees for all county employees named in a recently filed zoning lawsuit will be covered by county insurance.
·agreed to advertise for a new planning department head.
·heard a request from Sutton for a pay raise for Tracy Patrick.
·agreed to update county building codes to comply with standard state codes.
·agreed to proceed with the condemnation of .041 acres on Tyner Guill Road.
·approved approximately $18,000 for a fire pump and electrical provisions at the mental retardation center.
·agreed to hold a sale for surplus county equipment on Nov. 20
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Madison County man
charged with weekend murder
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
A Hull man was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with the stabbing death of his roommate.
The Madison County Sheriff's office arrested 24-year-old Eleazar Lopez after Athens-Clarke police spotted him in Pinewood Estates Mobile Home Park on Hwy. 29 south in Clarke County. He allegedly "had friends" in the park, according to chief deputy Bill Strickland.
Lopez was charged with murder and is being held in the Madison County jail without bond.
The victim was identified as Juan Alvarez-Crispin of Lot 16, Louise Drive, Hull.
Deputies were called to the scene by a 911 dispatcher around 10 p.m. Saturday evening.
When they arrived, Alvarez-Crispin was found stabbed and beaten on the floor of the mobile home.
According to Strickland, there are at least two possible motives in the killing. The men were apparently arguing over money Lopez allegedly owed Alvarez-Crispin for transporting him back and forth to work and over the use of Lopez's bedroom and television.
"They'd been arguing all afternoon," Strickland said.
Lopez did not speak English, so an interpreter was called from the Jefferson Police Department to assist in the arrest.


SWINGIN'!


SWINGIN' TO AN OLDIE
Summer Shenk and her brother-in-law Rocky Cooper "cut a rug" before the Madison County football game against Stephens County. The Madison County color guard, twirlers and their fathers or other family members danced to Johnny Be Good.
Photo by Zach Mitcham



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