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Unformatted text preview: Budget Concerns Plans for a proposed water department office in a former downtown bank are too extravagant and could lead to more air pollution, Athens-Clarke commissioners say. County utility officials want to spend $3.2 million to renovate a former Athens First Bank & Trust building on East Hancock Avenue, which the county bought in 2006 for $1.9 million. But the commission might shoot down the new office plan, originally approved in 2005. "We're not in the luxury business right now, especially with the budget we have and will continue to have for the next two or three (years)," Commissioner Elton Dodson said. "I want to make sure we do the right thing with this very expensive piece of property that's completing a campus for our downtown government." Officials presented plans to renovate and landscape the property at a work session Tuesday night. The three-story, 18,000-square-foot building will house a new business office where customers can pay their bills, as well as offices for administrators and engineers, said Glenn Coleman, assistant director of the...
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- Spring '08