Allegood: New positions save taxpayers money
by Noreen Cochran
January 10, 2013 12:00 AM | 2181 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ACWORTH — The Acworth Board of Aldermen has created new positions, but they will actually reduce expenses in its $26 million general fund, according to Mayor Tommy Allegood.

“We consolidated our power and public works departments together,” he said Tuesday. “In doing that, we created some real management efficiencies, with overall savings of about $50,000, so that’s saving taxpayers money.”

Public Works Director Mark Hipp will lead the combined departments, Allegood said.

“In creating a new position for the two departments, we outsourced some of those responsibilities over to our city treasurer,” Allegood said. “So we took our treasury department and moved some things over.”

City Manager Brian Bulthuis said the reorganization includes redefined roles for existing staff members.

“We had a variety of job descriptions approved,” he said about a city treasurer, deputy city treasurer, accountant, human resources manager, accounts payable technician, utility billing clerk and several customer service staff members. “We had some people retire in our finance department, so we just reorganized positions.”

The new position of tax administrator, also created at the meeting on Jan. 3, is advertised on the city’s website,

According to the website, the salary is $34,500 and “includes all functions required for the billing of property taxes, as well as occupational tax certificate bills.”

In other actions at its meeting last week, the board elected Alderman Tim Richardson as mayor pro tem and approved the mayor’s departmental and county commission liaisons.

Allegood said all the items on a consent agenda were approved.

“We didn’t have any discussion,” he said. “The meeting was over in five minutes.”

Allegood also reported a successful speaking engagement for the Rev. Ike Reighard, president and CEO of the Canton-based nonprofit MUST Ministries.

“He represented the Cobb Community Foundation,” Allegood, who is the foundation’s executive director, said about a grant-giving organization of which MUST Ministries is a recipient.

Reighard addressed the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday breakfast on Dec. 3.

The foundation was a part of the December breakfast, at which philanthropy awards were handed out, “because of all that they do for the community,” said Chamber Membership Senior Vice President Sharon Mason.

Mason said Tuesday that feedback from Reighard’s presentation is still coming in from attendees.

“It was such a big hit,” she said. “We’re still getting so many great comments.”
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