Ballard to introduce bill to salary county officials
Newton County Representative Donald Ballard has announced that he will introduce a bill in the present General Assembly’s lower house designed to place all county officials on a salary basis other than the present fee system.
Speaking before the Newton County Post 32 American Legion recently, Rep. Ballard outlined the provisions of the bill and answered many questions pertaining to its substance. At present the County Commissioner is the only official not under a fee system.
According to the bill, if passed, a referendum will be held in the county’s voting precincts on July 1 to pass or reject the proposed system. Salaries of the officers of the county are set at $ 7,500 annually, according to the bill.
The sheriff office will be entitled to employ a chief at a salary of $ 3,600 and a jailer at a salary of $ 1,800. The bill also provides that “the sheriff may employ such other deputies and assistants as the last grand jury each year shall recom- mend for the following year.”
The clerk of Superior Court will be entitled to employ two deputies who shall receive $ 3,000 each per year. He, too may employ additional help if needed. The same procedure and schedule applies to the operation of the Tax Collector’s office.
Rep. Ballard said that another bill he will introduce to the Georgia Legislature will propose the consolidation of the offices of Newton County Tax Receiver and Tax Collector.
According to the bill, a tax commissioner will be elected and given the duties of the two offices. The bill also sets forth provisions for an assistant to the commissioner.
The yearly salary of the commissioners will be $ 7,500, according to the proposed bill. The full- time assistant’s salary would be $ 3,000 per year.
The referendum on the passage or rejection of the bill, if it is okayed by the General Assembly, will be July 1, 1959 in all voting precincts of the county.