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Commissioners approve Veterans Day as paid holiday for county employees

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"If they don't, it'd almost be like a slap in the face," says veteran Johnny Patterson of the possibility Commissioners could approve Veterans Day as a paid holiday.

But Patterson, the Commander of Chapter 18 of the Disabled American Veterans, won't have to worry about that slap in the face.

Commissioners approved the motion without discussion Tuesday night, a surprise even to the man who brought it to the table, District 5 Commissioner Bill Lockett, a veteran himself.

Nonetheless, it was a victory Lockett and fellow vet Alvin Mason are proud to get.

"It's long overdue," Mason says. "I think it's appropriate being a military town for us to absolutely have Veterans Day as a day off."

But some commissioners aren't so happy with the decision.

District 6 Commissioner Joe Jackson says it doesn't make sense budget wise, but he felt like he was fighting a losing battle.

"I'm just tired of fighting it," the frustrated commissioner says. "By taking additional days off with pay, you're forcing our hands, at the end of the day to raise the millage rates."

He says it's nothing against veterans and their service. His issue is adding more burden on the city's taxpayers.

"Thank you for your service," Jackson says. "But it's kind of an issue I've got that we can't afford to just keep taking days off with pay."

But Lockett says it's a small price to pay to be able to thank the men and women of our military.

"What you're doing is your saying thanks, thanks for all the sacrifices you've made so that I'll have a better life," Lockett says. "This is what its all about."

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