County’s proposed 2019 budget of $27.13 million includes 19 full-time, 4 part-time new hires


Chairman Billy Thurmond

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Dawson County Board of Commissioners will hold the first public hearing on a proposed 2019 budget of $27,130,089 Thursday (Oct. 3) at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond will present the proposed budget which includes 23 new employees –19 full-time and four part-time.

The full-time positions include a legal assistant for County Attorney Lynn Frey, a training captain for emergency services, an administrative assistant for fleet maintenance, a human resources specialist, IT coordinator, two park maintenance employees, building inspector for planning and development, an assistant public defender, three public works workers, custodian for the senior center, two patrol officers for the Sheriff’s Office and two transfer station workers.

The part-time positions include, a weekend judge for Chief Magistrate Lisa Poss-Thurmond’s court, a clerk for probate court and a deputy coroner.

The 2019 budget is about $700,000 higher than last year’s budget. The new positions will cost taxpayers approximately $932,632.

A second public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Oct. 11, followed by the third public hearing on Oct. 18. The budget can be approved following the Oct. 18 public hearing.

Commissioners are also expected to vote on:

  • An application for a new alcohol license for Blackrock Food Service, LLC D/B/A Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ located in the Dawson Crossroads Shopping Center;
  • A request to accept a 2019 Victims of Crime Act Grant funds in the amount of $74,088.84. No county match is required;
  • A request to apply for a Department of Natural Resources Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant to repair/replace the fishing pier at War Hill Park. The minimum fund grant that can be applied for is $25,000. The maximum grant if $100,000 and the county will have to provide a 50 percent match;
  • A request to hire a legal assistant. The position is already included in the 2019 budget, but the request is to fill the position this year at an additional cost of $6,956.20 for five pay periods through the end of December;
  • A Service Delivery Strategy Agreement;
  • A request by Michael Turner, executor for the estate of Kenneth K. Turner to have property located at the intersection of Perimeter Road and Allen Street annexed into the City of Dawsonville. The Dawsonville Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the issue on Oct. 8. The Dawsonville City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 22 and the annexation could be awarded final approval on Nov. 5;
  • A request by Board of Tax Appraisers Chief Appraiser Elaine Garrett to approve a contract for the services of an additional appraiser for the current year and next tax year.




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