Questions remain about budget's future

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Chatham County Commissioners approved thousands of dollars in funding for mosquito control, leaving some questions about the future of the upcoming budget.

On Friday, Chatham County Commissioner approved bids total more than $122,000 for equipment to be purchased for mosquito control.

The money will pay for one set of night vision goggles and a vehicle that can go in the water.

Commissioner Dean Kicklighter tried fighting the purchase, because he says they are not necessary, especially at a time when jobs on the line.

"The manager's budget proposal talks about cutting police officers off the Chatham County Narcotics team, yet we are spending money to fight mosquitoes. It is plain and simple. If I have to chose, I am going to fight drugs over mosquitoes," Kicklighter said.

"Some of the equipment that was approved today was to assist in public safety; night goggles to be able to see and to be able to locate missing people," said County Commissioner Helen Stone.

The commissioners also approved several other bids including a $30,000 project that will tap into the emergency funds to purchase playground equipment for the Kings Ferry Boat Ramp.

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