Bal­lard to in­tro­duce bill to salary county of­fi­cials

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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.

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