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Today is the runoff elections for the local and state primaries in Georgia.  There is a Democratic runoff for the 14th Congressional District.  Shawn Harris and Clarence Blalock square off for the right to face Majorie Taylor Greene in November.  The polls are open today from 7am to 7pm.
Walker County residents had the chance last night to voice their concerns over internet connectivity issues.  County leaders held a public meeting on broadband issues at the Walker County Civic Center.  County officials say broadband service is an issue for about 13% of the county’s population.  County leaders say they have a plan to make the county eligible for state and federal grants.  The grant money will go to reduce the cost of expanding broadband internet into underserved areas.
At last week’s Walker County Commission meeting.  The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to settle the largest single debt still on the county’s books. The Board authorized using up to $10,755,000 from the general fund – unassigned fund balance to settle the Series 2019 bonds.  Once the Series 2019 bonds are cleared, Walker County’s total debt will be reduced to about $19 million.  Removing the debt will also free up about $1.2 million in cash flow and save tax payers an additional $1.2 to $1.9 million in interest. The largest share of the remaining debt is $5,501,301 and is attributed to the landfill closure and related expenses.
You might see some new Georgia State Patrol vehicles on the road.  The GSP has added a group of 2024 Chevrolet Silverado’s to their fleet of patrol vehicles.