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Bibb Commissioners Discuss Job Cuts
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Bibb County commissioner Lonzy Edwards thinks he may have a key ingredient to budgeting success for next year.

"Make sure that we have gotten all the fat out of our budget and if we have more people than we need to, we'll need to deal with that as well," said Edwards. 

Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart says they'd look at possibly reorganizing some job responsibilities, offering early retirement, and closing positions when they become vacant. 

 

Edwards suggested the county look at zero-based budgeting as well.

Monday, commissioners along with elected leaders and department heads, listened to a presentation outlining what that budgeting system would require.

Under that system, the county would first decide which programs and services they want to offer for the upcoming year, then budget the money for them.

 

Several commissioners and elected officials said they didn't support the move.  Edwards disagreed.

Commissioners have begun to discuss what they call "right-sizing" government, or eliminating positions.

 

 

According to the county's human resources department, right now the county has budgeted for 821 full-time positions, with 766 of those jobs filled.

Last year when the city of Macon performed what it called "right-sizing" it resulted in 67 vacant jobs, and 31 of those were layoffs.

"I don't mean to suggest we're gonna be dealing with layoffs or furloughs or anything of that kind, but there may be other options that we can use to get to that result," said Edwards.

Hart thinks a study of the county could give a better picture of how well it's running.

"We need for somebody to come in and do an analysis of the various departments to see how we function compared to other communities outside and how effectively we function," said Hart.

 

Hart says the county won't make any final decisions until after Macon and Bibb finish service delivery negotiations.  Service delivery is deciding what agency provides which services to the community.

 

Still, without some new ways to cut back on spending, Edwards says you'll have hard time convincing him to lay the shortfall at the feet of taxpayers.

 

"The bottom line is, these are tough times, the tough times affect everybody including government, and the last thing any of us want to do is raise taxes unnecessarily," he said.

 

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