Liberty Countians will get a chance to have their say about the county's proposed $25 million budget today at a 5:30 p.m. hearing in the county commissioners conference room.
Initial budget requests from all county departments totaled $27.2 million but the finance committee composed of commissioners and county officials trimmed $1.7 million out of that figure.
County Administrator Joey Brown said, "It's a flat revenue budget."
With SPLOST revenue lagging and property tax collections sluggish, commissioners approved a tentative FY 09 budget that is $42,000 less than the current year's.
"The finance committee reviewed every item at least three times," Brown said. "We had to take an extra hard look this year."
Mandated services make up 65 percent of the budget and total $16.4 million.
One area which gained funds is the county's 9-1-1 operation, which is adding personnel and equipment to keep up with call volume. The 9-1-1 center is now fully equipped to locate the source of all incoming calls, including those made from cellular phones.
The center receives income from tariffs on telephone bills, but will also get $700,000 from the county.
The county commissioners will hold their mid-month meeting following the budget hearing.