The Bryan County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $395,000 to replace fire station No. 2 on Daniel Siding Loop Road while also hearing about the 2015 audit.
The county received seven bids for the fire station project ranging from $395,000 to $578,000. The county had originally budgeted $300,000 for the project but Administrator Ben Taylor said there is enough SPLOST money in reserve to cover the overage. Winning bidder CNB Construction of Savannah said it would take 125 days to complete.
“We weren’t surprised with the amount of construction activity going on,” Taylor said as to why all seven bids came in above what had been budgeted.
Richard Deal, a CPA with Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield and Deal in Statesboro also presented the 2015 audit.
Bryan County ended the year with $22.5 million in cash and CDs, a 15 percent increase over 2014. The county also has $90 million in assets with $15.5 million in liabilities, including $3.2 million in pension obligations.
The auditors found no deficiencies regarding internal control for the county’s finances.
“The county is doing well financially,” Deal said. “The commissioners and administrator are to be commended.”