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Walker Transit will continue to serve residents with medical needs

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David Suttles is just one of a couple hundred people in Walker County who rely on the transit system to get him to his medical appointments.

He had one reaction once he learned the county's contract with the service may not be renewed.

"Uh, panic, upset," Suttles explains. "This is a system that helps everybody, not only me but this whole neighborhood, this whole city."

"I never intended for anybody not to be able to be taken to the doctor," says Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell.

The $700,000 Walker Transit program is partially funded by federal and grant money. It cost Walker County about $350,000.

With a $3 million budget shortfall, cuts have to be made. Heiskell postponed signing a new contract with Walker Transit as officials search for more funding.

"I didn't know how much of it we could take and we might have to have it redone," Heiskell says.

However, there is hope. Heiskell says North Georgia Community Action, a non profit organization aimed at helping low income and elderly citizens, has reached out to the county.

"They might like to partner with us," Heiskell says.

In the meantime officials will have to hunt for more money but not at the residents' expense.

"We'll take care of medical needs, yeah," Heiskell says.

"That's great, that's wonderful. I'm glad they're using some common sense to help the people that really need it," says Suttles. 

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