A spending plan for fiscal year 2011 that was cobbled together over the past week by the Barrow County Board of Commissioners came unraveled Tuesday night when the county’s new CFO announced that incorrect figures had been provided by her department at a budget session the previous day.
Also Tuesday night, BOC chairman Danny Yearwood announced that preliminary tax digest numbers from Chief Appraiser Cecil Highfield on Tuesday indicate the county may collect up to $1.5 million less property tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
Budget woes and the surprise resignation of license and permits director Lyn Clements are just two of the stories making headlines in this week’s Barrow Journal.
The price for a gallon of gas bottomed out Tuesday evening after a BP new station opened near the intersection of Georgia Highways 53 and 8. At several stations, gridlock caused the need for law enforcement assistance to handle the traffic. Gas pumps were also emptied and deliveries of a new supply had to be made. Word of the price war spread quickly among local Facebook pages and it also moved to stations like this Shell station in Winder where the price at one point was 63 cents a gallon. The wait at the some of the stations participating was a reported quarter of a mile. Photo by Jessica Brown
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