City and county department heads described what it will take to merge their operations, with special attention to avoid putting the cart before the horse. Some tasks will have to be done before others, such as deciding what new departments there will be in order to know how much space each will need.
And within a few minutes, a potential big snag emerged in meeting the consolidation legislation’s budget goals. The goals forbid the new government’s budget from exceeding the combined city and county budgets, excluding those costs spun off as special revenue funds, said Bibb County Finance Director Deborah Martin. But some of the functions now classed as special revenue funds won’t qualify for that status in the new government, she said.
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