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Chattahoochee Co. Commission
Makes A Bold Move for Change

From the March 10, 2021 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   The Commission of the Unified Government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County voted to make a big change and a huge investment during its March 2 meeting. The commissioners authorized borrowing around $5.25 million to enter into a contract with ABM Industries, which promises to help set the local government up as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), as well as to save the county significant money in efficiency improvements, and improve the aging water system, as well as work toward a number of other projects.
   The loan would be for up to $5,240,655 with a total payoff of around $6.5 million over the course of 20 years (with an option to pay it off earlier with no penalty).
   It's a bold plan that three of the five commissioners are very excited about. However, it's wasn't a unanimous decision.

   One of the detractors is Chairman Gerald Douglas, who cast the lone "no" vote. Commissioner Tommy Martin was unable to attend the meeting, but in the past had indicated that he was also against the proposal.
   "The bottom line that I see is that we will be gambling with the Chattahoochee County taxpayers' money on this deal to ...
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