The Floyd County Health Department also is slated to get less than it did in 2012.
Interim County Manager Gary Burkhalter said the health department has about $1 million in reserves to draw from and can absorb the proposed one-time $100,000 reduction.
But the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority will use all its fund balance this year and the Rome-Floyd County Library is almost out of savings.
“I don’t feel comfortable leaving that $150,000 out unless you want them to make reductions in their operations,” Burkhalter told the board during a budget workshop Friday morning.
Commission Chairman Irwin Bagwell asked Burkhalter to talk with the two directors and present a funding recommendation before the board’s Tuesday meeting.
“We can make mid-year adjustments if we have to,” Bagwell said.
A public hearing on the proposed spending plan is scheduled to take place at the 6:30 p.m. meeting, at which Commissioners must adopt a budget for the coming year.
If the document isn’t finalized, the board may recess and finish the meeting sometime before the end of the month.
Commissioners are still struggling to plug a gap between revenue and expenses that has grown to more than $800,000. The difference can be drawn from savings, but Bagwell said they want to protect the county’s reserves.
The budget includes small raises for employees — their first in four years — and larger hikes for the police department, which lost 22 percent of its sworn officers last year.
On Friday, however, it was unclear how the increases would be distributed. Several Commissioners were rethinking a 1-percent raise for all employees, in favor of a flat rate that would be spread across the 26 pay periods.
Bagwell argued for $250 each, but Commissioners Garry Fricks and Larry Maxey held out for $450. Commissioner Rhonda Wallace said she thinks a flat rate is unfair to the more experienced, higher earners. Commissioner John Mayes was not present.
Some police would likely get at least $1,200 each, but a focused plan to address the retention rate is still being formulated.
Burkhalter also said a flat rate may be difficult to administer with the county’s payroll software.