Geogia counties lay off employees

Both northeast Georgia counties face budget shortfalls this year
because of lower than expected revenues from sales and property
taxes and development fees.

Jackson County's Finance Director John Hulsey says four building
inspectors and two engineering department workers were laid off
last week.

He says the reduction will save about $225,000 through the end of the year.

Barrow County Commission Chairman Danny Yearwood says two
planning department staff members were laid off for a savings of
about $70,000 through the end of the county's fiscal year Aug. 31.

In January, Barrow County commissioners cut all county salaries
by 3 percent to 10 percent to compensate for a projected $2.5
million budget deficit.

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