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District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards on FY 2023 Budget


The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission are scheduled to hold a budget review Thursday evening at 5:30.

District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards discussed the $166 million measure.

Employee salaries are a priority, with the pay rate for library employees garnering attention.

The Athens-Clarke County government is allotting over $400,000 to bring all employees up to $15 an hour. Edwards says Georgia ranks 48th in the nation when it comes to government funding for libraries.

All employees will see a seven percent cost of living adjustment and police officers will benefit from a STEP program.
He says that could make Athens a more attractive community for law enforcement officers.
There will not be any public comment at the meeting.
You can hear more from commissioner Russell Edwards, on this week’s edition of Athens News Matters.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!