Twiggs County Commissioners and the County Administrator estimate they'll have an extra $150,000 surplus at the end of September. County Attorney Chix Miller said the county's finances are "not quite that simple."
Commissioners held an "emergency meeting" on Labor Day to discuss the county's money problems. Chairman Ken Fowler even asked a representative from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission to attend their regular commission meeting on Tuesday and address their finances.
During Tuesday's Commission meeting, the Executive Director of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Laura Mathis gave the commissioners pages of the county's expenditures and overages for this year compared to 2015. Mathis calculated, by the end of September Twiggs County will be negative $200,000 dollars.
Attorney Miller said the commissioners "have more experience" with the county numbers. After the meeting on Tuesday, Attorney Miller said commissioners met again and agreed on an estimate for county finances in September. Voted on three to one, commissioners said: As of September 6th, the county has $339,000 in the bank and an available line of credit for $200,000 dollars. That's a total of $539,000 dollars. Commissioners then subtracted the second payroll cost in September and came up with an estimated $200,000 dollars left over. Millers said commissioners then subtracted another $50,000 dollars "just to be safe," which gives them a surplus of $150,000 dollars.
Our Yvonne Thomas asked Attorney Miller over the phone where the commissioners believe Mathis went wrong with the numbers she presented on Tuesday. Miller replied, "We've given you enough information at this time. We don't need to get into all those specifics."
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