Proposed Lowndes County Budget published by LAKE —Gretchen Quarterman

Apparently there was a budget hearing last week that no one attended. I don’t see it on the county calendar.

We know it happened though because the paper reported on it.

The second budget hearing is scheduled for June 28 at 5:00pm and is on the Lowndes County web site calendar.

At the work session this morning, I asked Ms. Stephanie Black if she could e-mail me a copy of the budget and she said yes. Ms. Paige Dukes said that Ms. Black should not e-mail me the document, but I could look at a paper copy. A paper copy could be provided to me for $0.25 per page. I asked if there was an electronic copy and Ms. Dukes said that this document was not available in an electronic form.

Given that the document is neatly typed and clearly is generated from a spread sheet, I think that it is not true that this document is unavailable in an electronic format.

I asked if I could photograph it instead and Ms. Dukes said that she did not have someone to sit with me while I did that and she would have to charge for the time that a person was with me. Then she relented and said that I could photo it in the lobby under the supervision of Ms. Phyllis Judge.

When Commissioner Powell was leaving the area, he commented on my activity and I wondered why I was told the document was not available in an electronic format when it is neatly typed and clearly generated from a spread sheet. He did not know why.

The document is 144 pages long and I photographed it in less than 15 minutes which is the amount of time that one gets for free.

Here it is on the LAKE web pages.

-gretchen

1 thought on “Proposed Lowndes County Budget published by LAKE —Gretchen Quarterman

  1. Jessica Bryan Hughes

    This is ridiculous. Why make it hard to obtain the budget? What is the “Bird Supper”? Why is the County Attorney $100k over budget? Why don’t I see those cameras listed for the Animal Shelter?

Comments are closed.