Unprecedented Clinch County Referendum

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Clinch County citizens are deciding whether to dissolve the office of chairman for the Board of Commissioners.

If the measure is passed, an appointee of the five-member board will fulfill chairman duties but not get paid a separate salary for it.

There's also the option of creating a county manager position to handle these responsibilities.

The Board of Commissioners says this may be a good way to cut costs.

"Maybe by doing this, if the people decide they want to go to a county manager system, then there may be closer scrutiny on the budget, then it has been in the past," said Kenton McLaine, the chairman of the Clinch County Board of Commissioners. "And it might be a cost-cutting effect."

If the Chairman position is abolished, it would take effect January 1, 2013.

Clinch County citizens can vote early on this measure at the Board of Elections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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