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County OKs agenda items

ALBANY, Ga. -- While much of the Dougherty County Commission's business meeting Monday morning was taken up with debate over funding to re-open one of two closed library branches, the commission's agenda included consideration of a number of items discussed by the board in previous work sessions.

Among the items approved by the commission Monday:

  • A $105,024.40 road-striping bid by Peek Pavement Marking LLC of Columbus, with 100 percent of the funding to come from the Department of Transportation;
  • Renewal of an indigent defense agreement with the state;
  • A revised agreement to provide office space for the Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension Service;
  • Renewal of a rental agreement with the Albany Area Community Service Board for property at 601 W. 11th Ave.;
  • Expressed consent for the Albany Area Community Service Board to proceed with renovation plans at its facilities;
  • A resolution outlining plans for indigent burials in the county;
  • Revision of the county's Floodplain Management Ordinance to conform with federal criteria;
  • Reappointment of Commissioner Lamar Hudgins to the Economic Development Commission;
  • Appointment of Raines Wakeford Watkins to the Historical Preservation Commission;
  • Formal approval of Jackie Battle as chief of the Dougherty County Police Department;
  • Amendment of the Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax IV and V budgets to account for actual project costs and tax collections;
  • Allocation of $19,419 for Judge Loring Gray to maintain his position as senior judge for the Dougherty County Judicial Circuit.

Dougherty Tax Director Denver Hooten also gave the commission updated numbers for the countywide and special service district tax digests. Hooten said the county's net digest is at $2,056,062,004, a slight (.03 percent) increase over Fiscal Year 2012, while the special district's net digest decreased 0.66 percent to $523,425,600.

Hooten said the overall numbers indicate a "flat" digest, even with an almost $17 million decrease in real property value in the county.

"Hopefully those numbers will go back up to where they were in the past, but not for a while," Hooten said.