The Chatham County Commission is expected to consider a millage rate increase when it meets Monday for a public hearing to discuss its Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
Staffing needs at the Chatham County Jail, which is undergoing an expansion, are likely to be a major contributor to any spending increases for the county.
Sheriff Al St Lawrence has already recommended an additional 94 positions at a yearly cost of about $7.4 million, the minimal amount he said is needed to safely open the new housing units and move inmates from overcrowded cells.
The budget hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Old Courthouse Building. Lawerence is scheduled to give a presentation regarding the operation and staffing of the expanded jail.
On Friday, commissioners voted 6-3 to approve an additional $6 million line of credit to the Chatham Area Transit’s current $1.7 million line of credit. Commissioners Patrick Farrell, Lori Brady and Dean Kicklighter voted against the measure.