TIFTON -- The Tift County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday at its workshop its intention to borrow $2 million for its 2002 Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) program, a reduction of $1 million from last year's loan.

"Hopefully, with continued good management, we will be able to increase that (reduction) even further," Bryan said.

County staff prepared the cash projection for 2002 based on the actual cash flow for 2001.

The commission is seeking proposals from lending institutions and the note is to be repaid by Dec. 31.

Commissioners are expected to set qualifying fees Monday at their regular session for candidates running for local offices this year. Tift County Election Supervisor Sylvia Dixon said the primary election is scheduled for Aug. 20. The date was changed from July 16 to give legislators more time to approve new Georgia voting district lines.

Four Tift County Commission seats, four Tift County Board of Education seats, the State Court Judge's seat and the State Court Solicitor's seat are set to expire Dec. 31, 2002.

Those terms on the Tift County Commission set to expire include: Donnie Hester (Dist. 1), Margaret Carter (Dist. 3), William E. "Ed" Moore (Dist. 4) and Charlotte W. Bedell (Dist. 6). The qualifying fee for each of these seats is $162.24, which is 3 percent of the gross salary.

Terms on the Tift County Board of Education set to expire include: Leona Mott (Dist. 2), Richard Golden (Dist. 4), Tommy Fresh (Dist. 5) and Scott Shiver (Dist. 6). The qualifying fee for candidates seeking a seat on the board is $18.

The qualifying fee for State Court Judge candidates is $1,545 and for State Court Solicitor candidates, $1,174.20.

In other discussion:

* Commissioners accepted a petition from residents of Rosa Hailey Subdivision to declare the subdivision a Special Street Light Tax District. If commissioners approve the request, the petition will be filed, a public hearing will be held and then, if commissioners approve the request, declare the subdivision a Special Tax District by resolution.

*Announced that the Emergency Medical Service's new facility by the Health Department on Tift Avenue should be completed by the end of January. Mike Brumby is interested in using the current EMS building by the courthouse for an Accelerated Reader Program testing site.

*The Tift County Development Authority has asked to address commissioners Monday to ask for approval of the issuance by the authority of a tax-exempt Revenue Note for Tiftarea Academy. The note, if issued, would be for capital improvements to the school. According to attorney Rob Reinhardt, the note will not be a pledge of Tift County tax money for the project, but board approval is required.

* Discussed a request from Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Pettiford to withdraw their $6,000 bid for a county-owned lot at 506 W. 21st St. The Pettifords said in a letter they were not aware that the property is not large enough to accommodate the mobile home they planned to place there. The board accepted their bid last month.

To contact reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321, ext. 208.

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