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Commission lets expense increase plan die
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
February 27, 2013 02:33 PM | 939 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners stopped a resolution Feb. 19 which would increase their monthly expenses from $300 to $500 by never allowing it to come to a vote.

The measure failed because instead of calling for a motion for the increase, District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson moved to table it. The commissioners sat silent and as none of the commissioners seconded the motion to table — which would delay action on it — the resolution failed.

A subsequent call for a new motion for the increase received no takers.

The increase would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2015, and would have only affected the four district commissioners.

According to Robinson, the commissioners had been discussing updating the law since August.

He said that this was not about the money, but about updating the 1952 charter which provided the commissioners $300 each month for expenses. When the law was updated in 1998, the district commissioners’ expenses remained the same.

Robinson, the only Democrat on the commission, summed it up as “partisan politics.”

During the previous day work session, District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider asked that the item not be placed on the agenda because District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell III would not be present for the vote.

She also commented that she had never come close to using $300 each month.

In other business, the board approved renewing an agreement with the city of Douglasville to house city prisoners in the Douglas County Jail.

Chief Deputy Stan Copeland told the board that the city pays $35 per day plus a 10 percent surcharge, which he said “is sufficient for the county to provide the service.”

Generally, he said, some 30 to 50 city prisoners are housed at the county jail over the course of a year.

The board voted to extend fire services to the city of Douglasville through Aug. 31, 2013, until negotiations for a more comprehensive service delivery strategy can be reached, according to County Administrator Eric Linton.

The current agreement is set to expire March 1, said Linton, after the county had extended it for six months back in September 2012. The service delivery agreement extension comes with the conditions that the county will be allowed to inspect and permit county-owned structures within the city limits and that the county will have control over all fire-related issues within the city limits.

This includes the fire marshall, fire plan review and fire inspections, according to Linton.
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