County Commission Approves Economic Development Funding

September 10, 2013

It looks like the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton, and Bowman will be getting its share of funding from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners after all.

During yesterday evening’s regular meeting of the commission, a motion was approved to fund the county’s $45,000 share of economic development funding.

The plan was to use the funds collected from the one mil increase to fund economic development.

As initially, that money was not included in the county’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which resulted in the county having to come up with an alternative way to foot the bill, as the millage increase did not pass.

Two ways of funding were discussed at last week’s work session which included taking .5% from each department across the board, or for the county’s full time employees to take three furlough days.

Commission Horace Harper, yesterday evening, said the county shouldn’t put any more burdens on its employees; and opted the county go with the option of taking a little bit from everywhere.

“I make a motion that we go with this, instead of taking it from the employees”, said Harper. “I think our employees have given enough and this would really only is a small amount from each department.”

That motion passed with a vote of 4-0, as Commissioner Harold Reynolds was not in attendance at yesterday’s meeting.