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County’s TAN holds steady at $5.5 million

     Pickens County Seal

     At a regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 18, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.5 million Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) for the 2016 fiscal year.
    TANs are short-term loans, which for several years have been used by the Pickens government to cover operating expenses, and have been the subject of much public criticism. TANs are typically taken out at the beginning of the year and must be paid off no later than December 31 of the same year.

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MisterMister
-1 #1 MisterMister 2016-02-24 20:25
Cut the budget for one year by 5.5 million and then restore when a TAN is not needed. Short term pain long term gain. We've needed this kind of Coming to Jesus meeting since 2008, and find whatever we can to make money whether it's the recreation building, prisoners or outsourcing and eliminating any non essential functions. Then stabelize budget that can allow for 10 percent budget cushion per year. Seems like some folks aren't hungry enough to fix things asap. Tired of talking about it, fix it.
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Skip
+2 #2 Skip 2016-03-01 14:14
Where are you going to cut? According to reports, majority of total budget goes to Public Safety / Judicial, followed by Public Works (i.e., roads, etc.). The "General Government" budget only comprises 14% of the total.

It's easy to say "cut the budget" without talking specifics. Where would you cut $5.5MM?
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MisterMister
-1 #3 MisterMister 2016-03-01 15:17
We can do this piecemeal or draconian. with combination of a tax increase and forced right sizing.

1 to 2 million Sheriff/Jail budget (immediate 300k savings from restructure at the top (Sheriff 1 Captain 4 Lieutenants and "service officers" Charge school system
for school resource officers.

Outsource EMS (1 to 2 million)

Recreation 250k to 500k Lease out recreation center

25 percent cut in each department. Until such time tax base recovers. Would hire efficiency expert to provide ways of process improvement.

The hope is these would be temporary cuts though if relearn to use less. Would also have Frank Martin assist as apparently has slashed the budget on his own.
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Ski Cat
+4 #4 Ski Cat 2016-03-01 17:32
Easy there Kyrie...the Sheriff sets his budget number per se but the Commissioners have no say over how he runs the department. Could he cut a couple of non law enforcement positions perhaps but at this time in Public Safety I don't think we need any cuts to front line personnel. "Charging" the school system will never fly since the SO offered to take it over. The school system would go back to doing it themselves and then, well perhaps raise taxes to pay for it!! The SO is better able to handle to it so leave it alone.

Outsource EMS: That's been tried before and for whatever reason it never works out. Not sure why.

If you're going to cut you have to do in Non Public Safety Departments. That doesn't mean you can't cut back in those other departments just not in essential personnel.

Tell each department to cut their budget by X percent and let the Department Heads figure out where to do it. That's why they're the Department Heads!! It sucks but I have to do at my job!!
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Skip
+4 #5 Skip 2016-03-02 11:56
Quoting MisterMister:
We can do this piecemeal or draconian. with combination of a tax increase and forced right sizing.

1 to 2 million Sheriff/Jail budget (immediate 300k savings from restructure at the top (Sheriff 1 Captain 4 Lieutenants and "service officers" Charge school system
for school resource officers.

Outsource EMS (1 to 2 million)

Recreation 250k to 500k Lease out recreation center

25 percent cut in each department. Until such time tax base recovers. Would hire efficiency expert to provide ways of process improvement.

The hope is these would be temporary cuts though if relearn to use less. Would also have Frank Martin assist as apparently has slashed the budget on his own.



You want to cut the PCSO budget by 1 to 2 million dollars?

"Charging the school system" for resource officers? Who do you think funds the school system budget?
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Sad Saak
-3 #6 Sad Saak 2016-03-02 18:53
Sounds just like a 'payday' loan to me with the taxpayers footing the bill.

Too bad the legislators don't put a stop to this. Get on it Rick.
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