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Green: Consolidation not likely to happen soon

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
October 27, 2004
Lauderdale County Administrator Tony Green told Meridian Civitan Club members on Tuesday that a consolidation of city and county government isn't likely to happen soon.
He said the county and city work together with the jail, animal control, the drug task force, tax collections, tax incentives, and the demolition of dilapidated housing.
Asked by one Civitan member where the obvious place to start government consolidation would be, Green said law enforcement which makes up more than 20 percent of the county budget.
A native of Jasper County, Green took over as county administrator in June after the retirement of Rex Hiatt.
Green is a 21-year veteran of the state auditor's office who worked on county audits and served as director over all of the state's county audits before moving here. He and his family live in Collinsville.
Green said his previous work, and serving under five different state auditors, prepared him for his new job.
He said his first experience in forming the Lauderdale County budget for the current fiscal year was a good one even though it involved a tax increase and slashing department budget requests.
Green said some of the obstacles the county faces in budgeting is directly related to the state economy.
He also said that because of the state's money problems, counties are not being funded all of the reimbursements and other monies they are entitled to from the state.

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