Commissioner Haynes joins Graham in decision to return discretionary money

Marty Haynes speaks during a Hamilton County Commission meeting on June 3.

At least one Hamilton County commissioner is responding in the wake of Joe Graham's plea.

District 3 Commissioner Marty Haynes announced Monday he plans to return his $100,000 share of discretionary money to the county's general fund by making a friendly amendment to the resolution that Graham, the District 6 commissioner, introduced at last week's commission meeting.

Citing his past opposition to the commission's decision to take $900,000 in discretionary funding this year - $100,000 for each district - from the county's rainy day fund, Haynes said his constituents want their $100,000 to remain unspent in the county budget.

photo Joe Graham speaks during a Hamilton County Commission meeting on March 19.

"With little public fanfare but after several weeks of meetings, calls and passionate conversations, my commitment was made to refuse the discretionary funds," Haynes said in a statement.