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Will Augusta Commissioners Consider Layoffs, Furloughs As Budget Options

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Will Augusta Commissioners turn back the clock when it comes to balancing the budget?

With no support for an excise tax on industry, or a property tax increase, city leaders are still looking for options to fill a projected $8 million to $10 million budget shortfall.

In 2012, Commissioners faced a similar shortfall and debated using three furlough days, and 34 layoffs, to save $1.6 million, but Commissioner Grady Smith says those are not his two favorite ways to balance the budget.

"I would say, last resort. I don't like 'monkeying' around with our employees. I think we have some great employees for this county, I think there are ways...it's just like running a household. When you've got a budget, you got to tighten up during certain economic times, you got to pull the belt tighter," says Commissioner Smith.

Augusta Commission Finance Committee Chairman Wayne Guilfoyle is planning to meet Friday with City Administrator Fred Russell and Augusta Finance Department officials to discuss spending cuts to balance the budget.

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