County Commission Close to Balancing 2017 Budget

video iconThe Mason County Commission is close to balancing the 2017 budget. The Commissioners have been trying to close an approximate $1.4 Million gap in next year’s preliminary budget. Some cuts were suggested last week. Each department head and elected official than came back with their revisions which were reviewed Monday. But Tuesday, Commissioners Terri Jeffreys and Randy Neatherlin met with individual elected officials to discuss the cuts. 

First up was Mason County District Court:

Then the Mason County Prosecutor:

Followed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office:

And Superior Court wrapped things up:

The Commissioners then deliberated how to balance the 2017 budget and were able to bring the shortfall between budget requests and expected revenues to about $250,000 but not without implementing some of the cuts:

On the chopping block are new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, overtime and an increase in the Sheriff’s salary. The Commissioners will be asking other departments to delay hiring new staff or filling vacant positions for part of the year. This includes an attorney position in the Prosecutor’s Office. And the Sheriff’s Office will be asked not to begin an alternative sentencing program until July.

The Commission plans to increase the diversion amount and took action Tuesday night to increase property taxes. These increases are expected to help balance the County’s 2017 budget.

Another budget workshop is scheduled for 9 AM Tuesday.

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