(AUGUSTA,GA) There was no budget presentation from city administrator Janice Jackson, as commissioners voted to allow for her to delay giving her recommendation.
“I expected us to go on and do it as normally schedule its unfortunate I think we need to ask the administrator and staff what has caused this,” says Commissioner Bill Lockett.
Jackson says there is many reasons for the delay, a busy year of projects, department director requests for new employees, also a major concern that projected revenues from the Utilities Department franchise fee and car taxes will be down.
“That’s a significant chunk of revenue and we could be down millions based on that so yeah that’s why I need some more time,” said Jackson.
Those revenue projections were a concern for commissioners so the majority felt when it came to her budget proposal they would rather have it right than have it right now.
“It gives her time to sit down with her directors and deputies and make sure we have the best budget in place,” said Commissioner Mary Davis.
“She’s gathering the data so it’s not an absolute right now she’s in the process of gathering the data to make an informed decision so I’d rather take the time to get it right as opposed to putting out missed information,” says Commissioner Ben Hasan.
“I admire her for doing it and versus coming out her with a half-@#$ed thing for us to look at and that’s what has been wrong all along,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Grady Smith.
“We’re trying to build trust in this government with the SPLOST vote underway does this hurt the credibility at all?”
We asked Commissioner Bill Lockett.
“Well it doesn’t help it doesn’t help at all,” he said.
Jackson said the budget will have no net increase in the number of city employees and will not contain a recommendation for a tax increase.
When asked by commissioners when she will be ready for making her budget recommendations Jackson said November 10th the SPLOST referendum is November third back to you.