A major political battle is looming over Barrow County’s 2012 budget process that begins at 4 p.m. today with a meeting of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners.
This is the first time at least in recent history that the budget process is being kicked off by the full board rather than by a budget committee. Previously, the full board hasn’t become involved until the end of the process in late August or September.
But District 3 Commissioner Steve Worley asked for the commissioners to meet first, because with a third straight year of a shrinking tax base, sliding revenues and the arrival of additional fixed expenses in FY2012, the budget process that worked in the past is not going to work now.
CFO Rose Kisaalita, who for the first time will direct the process from start to finish, has told the commissioners that she is looking for policy direction about the budget process – and potential spending cuts and whether raising the millage rate is an option.