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Officials travel to Winchester for 81 Act
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Newly appointed financial management department director Linda Hillis and other local officials made a trip to Winchester last week to learn how government officials in Franklin County implemented the 81 Act there in 2002.The Warren County Commission adopted 81 Act legislation in July.The move brings the three main purchasing entities in the county – the school system, the highway department and the county itself – under one roof. The county must have policies and procedures in place to implement the measure locally by July 1.Making the trip along with Hillis were County Executive John Pelham, chairman of the Financial Management Committee, and committee members Terry Bell, Gary Prater and Director of Schools Dr. Jerry Hale. Also on hand were assistant director of schools Bobby Cox and county bookkeeping employees Melanie Lanier and Mary Lou Ward.Hillis said the Franklin County system, which has been in place almost a decade, runs smoothly and without any major issues.“I was really impressed with their operation,” Hillis said.