Facing a possible $3.4 million funding gap for the fiscal year that starts in October, Barrow County’s manager said last week that it is time to “fundamentally rethink” the role of local government. Jock Connell on May 30 sat down with a Barrow Journal reporter to talk about the budget’s significant challenges. Expenses are expected to be $1.4 million higher, but property tax revenues $1.8 million lower.
“I’m convinced this will be the most difficult budget process they have seen in many a year,” Connell said. “We don’t need to fool ourselves. There is no magic bullet. There is no revenue stream that somebody just thought of, no sack of money that some account has got money in, that we can pull money out of.”
For the full story, read the June 5 edition of the Barrow Journal.