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Sheriff seeks more spending in 2019 but disputes $1.1 million claim


Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and the board of commissioners at the recent budget meeting.


     Sheriff Donnie Craig disputed accounts by the board of commissioners that he was seeking more than a million dollars in additional property taxes this year in two follow-up interviews conducted last week. 

Craig said he initially submitted a higher budget [seeking $661,000 over his 2018 spending] as a starting point for discussions with the commissioners. 

“The sole purpose was not to demand the $1.1 million like the front page [of last week’s Progress] made it look like,” he said. “The reason I put the $661,000 was to present our true numbers to put everything in there. I knew we would negotiate and cut it back.”

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