County continues to look at millage increase

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

But commissioners were not satisfied they were able to wring all excess from the budget and with one more budget hearing, 5:01 p.m. ET on Sept. 24, they stated a desire to find more savings.

“We’ve cut to the point that I don’t know if we can cut anymore, but we still have time to reduce it,” said Commissioner Warren Yeager. “I would still like this thing to be closer to where we are at now.”

Commissioner Ward McDaniel suggested, and commissioners heeded, going back and looking line by line at the department and agency budgets.

He said in perusing those lines he found areas of potential savings – increases in spending he questioned – while acknowledging individual savings might not amount to huge sums.

But taken together, McDaniel argued, the budget could be further reduced.

He asked staff to assemble justification for areas where commissioners had questions.

“Just to jump these increases in there without justifying them, I don’t know about that,” McDaniel said. “We have a duty to pinch every penny we can. We are fine-tuning now.”

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