ALBANY — The Dougherty County Commission received some good news Monday about its financial state and learned about a documentary that is likely to serve as a valuable marketing tool for the region.

In a 6-1 vote, with District 5 Commissioner Gloria Gaines the dissenter, the board approved a $27,000 proposal from Information Matrix of Boca Raton, Fla., to provide a documentary about Dougherty County.

The project, with a total cost of $250,000, will include an educational segment from Laurence Fishburne highlighting Dougherty County as “a great place to live, work and raise a family” and will be distributed to all public television stations nationwide.

“We are surprised our name popped up on the radar, but it must mean we are doing a good job,” County Administrator Michael McCoy said.

McCoy said contingency dollars for the county’s financial commitment is available in the general fund. The majority of the commissioners were convinced it was a worthwhile return, with Chairman Chris Cohilas calling the project a “testament to our community.”

Gaines said she needs more confidence of the level of return, leading her to vote no.

On the matter of the budget, the total for all of the county’s budgets for the 2020 fiscal year is $69.53 million. The good news is that the numbers show Dougherty to be in the black, a position it has not held for some time.

“The projections are that we will transfer $1.2 million back to the fund balance,” District 1 Commissioner Lamar Hudgins, who is the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee, said.

The estimated ending fund balance for Fiscal Year 2019 is expected to be $11.36 million on June 30.

Sixty-five percent of the proposed revenues for FY 2020 from the general fund are expected to come from taxes, with 30 percent of expenditures devoted to public safety.

From the current fiscal year to the next, it is anticipated there will be a 29 percent drop in expenditures in the county’s Capital Improvement Program — which ought to be $269,100, with 29 percent to go to Public Works.

Seventy-five percent of the county’s Special Services District fund revenues will come from taxes, with 49 percent of expenditures to go to police. Solid waste revenues are expected to be $3.72 million, down from $3.91 million the previous year — while expenditures will be at $3.91 million, up from $3.7 million in 2019.

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