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By Michele Smith
the Times 

Columbia County Board of Commissioners concerned about budget


April 16, 2020

DAYTON—A revenue shortfall associated with the costs for mitigating damage to county infrastructure due to the recent flood, and from economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to take an early look at cutting department budgets.

County Treasurer Carla Rowe said she is anticipating a possible 15 to 20-percent loss of sales tax revenue which could impact distributions for May, June, July, and possibly August.

The revenue from sales taxes go into the County’s Current Expense Budget and the commissioners use this money to fill gap...

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