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Where the money from Hall County's increased taxes is going

POSTED: June 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.

A few dozen people sit in the audience during the second public hearing on Thursday to discuss Hall County's proposed tax increase for fiscal year 2018.

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Antifroggiggin: June 18, 2017 7:32 p.m.

Again, What are they doing? 15 new employee in budget... Hey here is a thought how about we get some Medics that are not over worked because Hall Fire is shutting down trucks daily because of shortages of paramedics??? Look people are not leaving because of the money they are being bullied and pressured. A lot of the people who left went for their sanity not more money, some took a pay cut to just get away from such a TOXIC place. but again commish was told and again HR director and Commish did ZIP!!! Lets buy them all brooms because all they do is sweep this stuff under the rug! That's just my opinion

PIRG: June 19, 2017 9:03 a.m.

With today being Monday, there has been plenty of opportunity to change their minds on some of this since Thursday. The numbers printed here suggest no changes adopted from the Thursday meetings. Having said that, I think it is reasonable to believe the hearing will not be any different this Thursday. After the hearing, they will hold the public meeting to adopt the budget. I don't expect any changes to be made between the public hearing and the official adoption of the FY 18 Budget. The only reason they are even holding the meetings is they are required to by law. Nothing in the law says they must make changes based on public opinion. In the original presentation, there was mention of a need because of some kind of required service agreements between the county and municipalities. There was never a cost placed with that. Why not or why even mention it? The extra overtime and the salary savings from unfilled positions in the jail gives an even larger sum of money for overtime. Twelve hours shifts will wear you out and if you take advantage of the overtime, a big question arises? Is the safety and security of the facility and staff in jeopardy. Working six days a week for overtime equates to 72 hours a week and at time and a half, there is some good money there. Eleven hours of this overtime will actually be counted as straight time due to pay guidelines established in the court case governing public safety personnel. Working 72 hours a week and you don't think stress levels want rise? If they are in a high stress job and you're adding to the stress? Something is not right in Denmark.

Antifroggiggin: June 19, 2017 9:51 p.m.

Pirg.... well written. but again this will fall on deaf ears!

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