Thomas County Health Department Tightens its Belt

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
The Thomas County Health Department is slashing its budget and its workweek.

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Budget cuts remain an issue across the Peach State and managers say they're doing all they can to balance their books.

"Due to shrinking budgets within the state and to keep the cost down in our budget line we have decided to go to a 14-hour workday," says Thomas County Health Department Manager Carolyn Simmons.

Starting July 5, the Thomas County Health Department will trim its schedule to four-day workweeks. It will be closed on Fridays. Administrators say it's a way to decrease their budget while increasing patient services.

Administrators say though the workweek will be slashed all 31 employees will keep their jobs.

The tentative budget for the 2012 fiscal year is $7,000 less than 2011's.

Department heads say they're not sure how much the new transition will save, but they do know it's better to keep services and staff.

Not everyone agrees.

"It's not like it's making things better. It's just saving money so they can do something else with it. It's not helping the community," says Thomasville resident Keith Jackson.

But Simmons says the health department's new extended hours will benefit working patients. She says now their schedules won't conflict with business hours.

Managers say the next six months will be a test run for the new schedule.


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