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Squawk of the Day - May 13, 2012

"Dougherty County does not have enough money to pay its employees. However, they are trying to find funds to give to First Tee. You must first care for your employees before you fund other things."

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LuLu 1 year, 11 months ago

Don't hold your breath. There is no such thing as common sense where our tax dollars are concerned.

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tocar 1 year, 11 months ago

Their priority should be the employees and then other things. Our leaders do not appreciate their employees. They feel that if you have a job, you owe them.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 11 months ago

How can the county have a budget surplus and cant pay its employees?

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bubbavet 1 year, 11 months ago

You think it's bad with the employees now, if thet are able to retire things will be worse.

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waltspecht 1 year, 11 months ago

Loyalty works two ways, something a lot of Governmental agencies and businesses seem to forget. Social entertainment programs like pools, fountains and basketball need to take a back seat in comparison to actual Governmental services. If there is an excess of employees, as these furloughs seem to indicate, then do away with the positions. If emjployment were matched to need, the furlough days would indicate a reduction in needed services. However, we are told that the furlough days do not affect services provided. Do they think we are stupid and can't add 2 + 2 ?

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This_Is_So_Sad 1 year, 11 months ago

If this furlough is approved, Dougherty County Employees will haved suffered a 6.5% of their salaries expense since January. Employees were imposed a 3% expense in January; this furlough will reduce the county's salaries expense by another 3.5%. When the city imposed the retirement expense on its employees, at least the city contributed to the offset of it by giving employees a cost of living increase. There has to be another way! Should the 600 county employees shoulder the burden of balancing the county budget.

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WestsideMike 1 year, 11 months ago

As nice as First Tee looked when we would go by there never were many people there. Taxpayer money should go to benefit the most of taxpayers. As far as payraises go, that should be a seperate issue. Not an either this or payraises. Given the choice, payraises would always come after pet projects.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Don't WORRY we be BROKE but the politicians live like they got our GOLD American Express in de pocket. This ALbany Area is AMAZING. We make a habit of building things that suck cash from the taxpayers. That is why the housing market in Lee County has picked up. Check housing start permits and sales this year in Lee and you will see why the DCSS is needing to close a couple of schools. The First Tee was maybe a good idea, debatable but possible??. Anyway why can't their just be youth program at the ALREADY City Owned and Maintained Golf Course at Turner Field. Why does it need to be behind the Civic Center. Just cut the grass once a month and let it go. Thanks to Tommy Chatman and ATI we have a $$$ 29,000,000 ( that is millions) dollar Fish Tank complete with a state of the art IMAX Theater that cannot make it without sucking up tax dollars from the property owners. Not sure if the wonderfull Blue ATI arch cost us anything or not??? Then we have the hardly never used Amphitheater that is not used because people won't buy tickets to anything there because they are afraid to venture into the crime areas around it. Well Please Dont spend another Million Dollars on Golf Camp. Just maybe allot some small operational cost to do Golf Camp at Turner Field. Another Idea Why not make a donation to YMCA maybe they can run the camp without blowing all the money. I am sure they can do something other than free basketball.

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Amazed2 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe Phobe will Buy it and figure out someway to make Golf a Rehab thing or something. Everybody else in this town is broke.

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Cartman 1 year, 11 months ago

Things like the Riverquarium and Civil Rights Museum should have never received public funding to begin with. They definitely need to be pulled off the public teat during this economic crisis. If they cannot operate self-sufficiently, then so be it. Giving money to "churches" to develop real estate projects at public expense, should be exposed for the frauds that they were/are. Can I get an Amen? Unecessary personnel on the city/county payrolls would be my next item of attention while looking for cuts. Organize a fraud unit and prosecute theft of public services and property. That's how we should start. But I don't see it happening.

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WestsideMike 1 year, 11 months ago

And when does your campain kick off?

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alleebrin 1 year, 11 months ago

The Riverquarium was a mistake from the onset. How interesting can loggerhead turtles and catfish be???

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