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Mercer County Commission discusses budget

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Mercer County commissioners reviewed budgets for all departments and elected officials for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Commissioners said a top priority this year is retrieving back taxes, excess payment in the form of a tax refund.
The county has not been able to retrieve these quickly, and needs to collect several years worth, according to commissioners.

Commissioners are also watching a house bill that would reorganize the jail system statewide. 

If it passes, it would make the state, not counties, responsible for paying for housing of prisoners from the time they are convicted until sentencing.    
Commissioners like Greg Puckett are hoping to take some of this money and funnel it towards health care instead.

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