When it was all said and done, there was nothing left to say.
So at a meeting that literally lasted about a minute, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners on Monday night adopted the county government’s $33.1 million budget for fiscal year 2010.
The vote was 5-0, with Commissioner Steve Worley absent.
Instrumental in helping to balance the budget over the past six weeks, Worley missed out on the final action because he was stranded on a shoulder of Interstate 20 during a business trip.
“Yeah, I missed it,” he said Tuesday. “I was on the phone with Larry Joe (Wilburn). I was comfortable with what was presented last week, and he told me he would call me back if there were any changes.
“It seemed like I had just talked to him when he called back,” Worley said.
“He said, ‘No changes. We voted. We’re leaving.’
“I said, ‘Man, that was quick.’”
Even though the adopted budget includes no millage rate hike, two weeks of legal advertising are required. So that second vote will not take place until Oct. 13.