Like most local governments, Clayton county may be forced to lay off and/or furlough employees due in part to the economic downturn. As per the AJC, the proposed 2010 budget will be almost $10 million less than last year’s, if approved. Some employees could be furloughed for a few days each month, and others will lose their job entirely. This is not a good sign for residents either, who will undoubtedly lose some vital county services in the process.
Clayton residents currently pay some of the lowest taxes in Georgia. This may be great for individual wallets, but might not be the best solution for the needs of the county as a whole. And while some residents believe the only way to improve this area is to raise taxes, others don’t trust those in charge to do the right thing with any extra revenue received.
The proposed 2010 budget can be viewed weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Finance Department (112 Smith Street, Jonesboro), and at these libraries during regular hours: the Headquarters Library, the Lovejoy Library, the Morrow Library, and the Riverdale Library.
In addition, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Boardroom (112 Smith Street) to hear citizen input on the proposed budget. Residents wishing to speak must sign up with the Clerk prior to the meeting, and comments are limited to two minutes per person.
The final budget will be voted on at the June 30 commission meeting. How would you ask your commissioner to vote?