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City continues to lobby for more troops
Mayor Jim Thomas - photo by Courier file photo
During Thursday’s Hinesville City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Thomas said he and local delegates have come to terms with the news that Hinesville will not receive a 5th Brigade. He will however continue to fight for more soldiers to come to the area. Thomas will set out on another lobbying trip to Washington next week.
State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, also will accompany the mayor and a small group of local representatives as they visit with delegates and Army officials, who he said still guarantee growth for the area.
Thomas said he’s optimistic Hinesville will still see significant growth as all the projects in the Army’s FY2009 budget have been awarded and the work is currently being done.
“What we have to fight for is the contracts in the fiscal year 2010 budget,” Thomas said.
In other council business, Chris Lightle, with Karp, Ronning and Tindol, presented the city with an annual audit that gave the mayor and council some good news.
Lightle said compared to last year, the city has managed to actually lessen their reliance on property taxes by more than $200,000.
“It’s a good thing for your city,” Lightle said. “You’re using less property taxes than last year.”
“Can you say that again?” the mayor joked.
The audit showed the city relies on about $11.4 million in local revenues (which includes but is not limited to property taxes) to operate.

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