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County’s first-quarter finances ‘where we expected’

Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis, third from left, meets with members of the Dougherty County Commission’s Finance Committee, from left, Lamar Hudgins, Ewell Lyle and John Hayes, Monday morning. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis, third from left, meets with members of the Dougherty County Commission’s Finance Committee, from left, Lamar Hudgins, Ewell Lyle and John Hayes, Monday morning. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — Members of the Dougherty County Commission’s Finance Committee were given an upbeat first-quarter financial report Monday morning following a brief commission business meeting.

County Administrator Richard Crowdis told the three-person Finance Committee the county had collected 22 percent of its budgeted revenues in the July-September period, the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, while laying out roughly 22 percent of budgeted expenditures.

“Essentially, you could say we’ve collected 22 percent of 25 percent,” Crowdis said, noting that some $19 million in property taxes were not due until December. “You’ll see the numbers (of revenue collections) go up significantly during this quarter.”

Since revenues and expenditures are not always collected or paid at scheduled intervals, Crowdis said some of the numbers from the first-quarter report are skewed. Still, he said the $4,067,444 in year-to-date revenue collections and the $9,512,042 in actual expenditures (plus another $3 million in encumbered amounts) is “about where we want to be at this time.”

The Finance meeting came after a quick business meeting at which commissioners:

— Approved purchase of a 2014 Ford Explorer for Public Works using $24,758.45 from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan budget;

— OK’d purchase of a John Deere tractor for Public Works using $43,776.91 in CIP funds;

— Signed off on the purchase of 11 finger card readers for the Dougherty County Jail at a cost of $33,726 in Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax VI funds;

— Allocated use of $300,000 from the county’s Solid Waste Enterprise Fund and then approved the rebuilding of a 2007 Caterpillar Dozer at a cost of $299,467 for use at the county landfill;

— Offered support for the designation of the Historic Dixie Highway Scenic Highway that runs through a portion of the county;

— Agreed to a $12,780 expenditure from the general fund (contingency) to implement a contract with Diamond Consulting Corp. as the county’s Employee Assistance Program service provider;

— Officially signed off on 10.08 miles of road resurfacing within the county using Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant and SPLOST resurfacing funds;

— Accepted a drainage easement from James Don Barwick.

Distcrict 6 Commissioner Jack Stone told his colleagues he’d looked into establishing the trade-in value of the landfill’s bulldozer to determine if buying a new model would be more cost-efficient that rebuilding the 2007 model.

“I looked into the possibility of trading in the bulldozer we have to see if we’d save money buying a new one over repairing the old one,” Stone, a long-time automobile dealer, said. “But we wouldn’t get enough money for that to work out. This is the only way for us to go.”