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January 27, 2014

Counties get state reimbursements

Gov. Nathan Deal’s annual State of the State Address laid out the plans for the Amended Fiscal Year 2014 budget to incorporate $25.6 million for Forestland Protection Grant reimbursements including $14.5 for school systems.

These grants provide local governments with funds necessary to maintain key local services and quality schools while also preserving the state’s crucial natural resources.

“These reimbursements provide an opportunity to maintain and build infrastructure to continue the economic growth of southwest Georgia,” said Sen. Dean Burke.

“By implementing these funds into our educational systems, we are striving toward providing the best learning environment for our students and teachers.”

Counties within District 11 will receive the following total reimbursements from the Forestland Protection Act Grant reimbursements:

Colquitt — $140,397

Decatur — $1,382,252

Early — $1,699,042

Grady — $244,845

Miller — $113,075

Mitchell — $123,294

Seminole — $657,887

Thomas — $1,576,847

 The grants are paid based on the difference between the forest land fair market value and the forest land conservation use value.

Burke represents the 11th Senate District which includes Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller and Seminole counties and portions of Mitchell and Thomas counties. Call him at (404) 656-0040 or dean.burke@senate.ga.gov.

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