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Fee collection an issue for health departments
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Dec 20, 2012 | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The power of boards of health in Georgia was the first topic of conversation at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Jones County Health Department.

North Central Health District Environmental Health Director Carla Coley said state law allows fees for inspection services but not for permits from the health departments. She explained that other districts go through the back door to enforce fee collection and will request the county pull a restaurant’s business license.

The question of the collection of fees was discussed at the previous meeting that took place Sept. 5. The reason for that conversation was a Jones County restaurant that had not paid the required inspection fees for the second year.

Board Chairman Rooster Cogburn said using a business permit as leverage was an avenue the board was approaching.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Preston Hawkins said he believes the commissioners would be OK with working with the health department.

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