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Muscogee County Sheriff in danger of going over-budget...again

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

By next Tuesday, we will have a definite answer from the Columbus city council concerning whether government employees will be paying more for their health insurance.  

One public works supervisor who addressed the council at the meeting believes it's just about guaranteed to happen. The only question left for him is how much his payments will increase.

He told council that he and his co-workers came to the consensus that they could afford to pay about half of what was originally proposed by council to the reduce the several million dollar deficit.  

Council members acknowledged the request, but also noted that even their original plan does not eliminate what is owed and they probably have to make department-wide cuts. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the delay in decision making has not saved any money.

The city's deficit was caused by several departments running over budget last year, some by millions of dollars. And the city manager's office presented findings that indicate the Muscogee County Sheriff, among other agencies, is in danger of doing the same thing again. The mayor said Sheriff Darr will attend a future meeting to explain what's going on.

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