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Hall County has found additional cost cutting and revenue opportunities resulting in millions saved
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Since the fiscal year 2012 budget took effect on July 1, Hall County has found additional cost reductions and revenue opportunities resulting in millions saved for the taxpayers.

Here is a summary of the major changes approved since July 1 and how they have impacted the county’s bottom line:

·         In October, several directors’ responsibilities were reorganized and two positions abolished – Public Safety Director and Allen Creek Facility Manager – for a total savings of $142,000 to the general fund.

·         The Board of Commissioners approved a new fee schedule for Animal Services on Oct. 13, which is expected to boost revenue by 10 percent.

·         Changes to employee health insurance benefits approved in September are expected to eliminate a projected $4-million deficit that the county faced for the 2013 fiscal year.

·         In September, the county closed Allen Creek Compactor Site and decreased landfill and compactor site operational hours, resulting in a $351,203 savings. Also, the Board approved renegotiating landfill tipping fees for municipal haulers and increased the minimum landfill fee, which is expected to add $288,280 in revenue.

·         The Board passed a resolution in September allowing Hall County to claim its share of prepaid wireless phone taxes collected by the state. That is expected to add $400,000 to the E-911 Center’s funding in the coming fiscal year.

·         The August reorganization of Parks and Leisure Services will save taxpayers $800,000 over the previous budget year.

·         The Purchasing Division has begun using GovDeals.com to auction surplus equipment rather than hold a more expensive live auction. Other counties have reported increased sales by using the website, so Hall expects to earn more profit in future auctions.

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