Heath Department faces cut in proposed Augusta budget

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AUGUSTA,Ga  (WJBF) Augusta leaders are still trying  to hammer out a budget compromise,

2017 budget is scheduled for final approval at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

The budget is calling for cuts to outside agencies, including a 150 thousand dollar reduction to the board of health, which spent more than 100 thousand dollars last month serving evacuee from Hurricane Matthew.

Some question that big of a cut, however city leaders say it’s what the administrator is recommending to keep the budget balanced.

“We still have to be conscience of the fact we have to present a balanced budget funds have to come from where every they can based on Mrs Jackson’s recommendation and he evaluation of the revenues funds avenues that cut was warranted,” says Commissioner Dennis Williams.

Commissioners have been divided on other budget recommendations, including an increase in garbage rates and business licenses fees…  and a $700,000 cut in what the city subsidizes Gold Cross for ambulance service.

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