Divided BOCC approves millage, tax increase

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

McDaniel said he had suggested at the last public budget hearing that commissioners comb through department budgets line by line but the suggestion gained no traction.

While the individual savings in a given department might not add up to much, McDaniel said, savings could be found, but commissioners squandered the opportunity.

“We had plenty of time to look at this stuff,” McDaniel said.

County administrator Don Butler said he had a conference call with the county’s bond consultant and said the consultant would want to know if a tax increase was not passed would the county use reserves or cut expenditures.

And, Butler said, would the county continue to spend more than is coming in on the revenue side?

Both questions, Butler said, could impact the county’s bond rating.

“If we live above our means we have to pay the price someday,” Butler said.

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