No decision was made in Barrow County Tuesday night with respect to employee raises or the millage rate, but after a lengthy budget discussion, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to refund $75,000 to two departments and instructed the county manager to find $500,000 in savings in the departments that fall under the BOC.
At a special called meeting to discuss the FY2015 recommended budget, which was presented Aug. 27 by county manager Randall Dowling, the commissioners went back and forth over salary increases, rolling back the millage rate and cutting expenses from the budget.
Chairman Pat Graham ultimately proposed that Dowling reduce expenditures allocated by BOC departments by $500,000, fund Animal Control at an additional $45,000, and fund the library board of trustees at an additional $30,000. She said she would specifically not address a purported emailed request by Superior Court Judge David Motes for approximately $25,000 for misdemeanor court costs. District 1 commissioner Joe Goodman seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous 5-0. Prior to the vote, each commissioner gave his recommendation as to how the budget should be altered.