LEESBURG, Ga. -- It's not that members of the Leesburg City Council don't believe they oversee an efficient city government.
They are just willing to see if a professional consultant can provide them with potentially better ways to handle some things.
Leesburg has agreed to be the subject of a pilot program conducted by the Georgia Muncipal Association to assess city operations. The GMA wanted to start with a city whose population is 5,000 or less.
Leesburg City Clerk Casey Moore brought the opportunity to the attention of council members this week, and they agreed to participate.
"It just seemed to be a way to get a lot of bang for very little buck," Moore said.
GMA consultant Tom Berry, the former city manager in Thomasville, will conduct the assessment over a one- to three-day period. Moore said she believes Berry may be able to accomplish his work in just one day.
If needed, Berry has the option of bringing in representatives of professional organizations, employees from other cities or other GMA staffers who would be willing to donate their services.
The only cost to Leesburg would be the cost of meals for Berry and overnight accommodations if needed.
Berry will be looking to see if the city of Leesburg is operating as efficiently as possible and is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
Once Berry completes his study, he will provide a written report to Mayor Jim Quinn and council members. Strengths and weaknesses will be outlined, and he further will offer resources for any changes, if needed.
Moore said Berry anticipates the assessment being completed by the end of October.
Meanwhile, the Leesburg City Council has scheduled a meeting to discuss budget reductions at 5:15 p.m. Monday. The council must find some cutbacks because of a reduction in its share of Local-Option Sales Tax funds beginning Jan. 1.