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County budget for 2008 on hand

POSTED: June 30, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Liberty County’s 2008 proposed budget is now available, and the finance board has recommended it several financial changes for the upcoming fiscal year.
The new budget will be open to a public hearing at the courthouse annex on June 20 to hear the comments and critiques of county residents.
The budget is expected to be adopted by the commission June 27, chief financial officer Kim McGlothlin said.
Of all the recommended changes, the recreation department could receive $1 million  — a 20 percent increase from 2007, and the emergency 9-1-1 budget could be increased by as much as 50 percent, she said.
“We will have roughly $765,000 in county funds to begin a wireless initiative, which is split up into two phases,” 9-1-1 director Tom Wahl said. “In phase I, the 10 digit cell phone number will appear, and in phase II the latitude and longitude of the cell phone will appear on a map to more accurately locate the caller.”
The library administration could receive $100,000 (with the other funding coming from the City of Hinesville and the Liberty County Development Authority) for the acquisition of land for a new library, McGlothlin said.
Volunteer fire departments may see some extra relief as well, since the county plans to give them $12,000 a piece, which would be a 33 percent increase from the current amount of $9,000, she said.
The master fire plan is also expected to get $64,000 in funding to aid volunteer fire services, McGlothlin  said.
 Fire Coordinator James Ashdown, who is heading up the plan, said the main goal is to elevate the fire services to keep up with the rapidly growing county.
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