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Monroe County Council Looks To Cut $1.3 Million From Budget

Council President Vic Kelson says consolidation may yield the necessary cuts.

Vic Kelson

Photo: Regan McCarthy / WFIU News

Council President Vic Kelson wants to create four, larger departments to oversee most county business.

Monroe County Council officials say a review of the county’s budget shows more cuts may need to be made in the coming year.  County Council President Vic Kelson says the council will work with county departments to cut the budget from $29.3 million to $28 million by 2013.

“Those numbers are all based on models of different options we have for how to make the budget work and given the constraints on our revenue streams,” Kelson says.

Kelson also outlined a proposal that would reorganize county governmental departments into four larger departments.  Kelson says the restructuring may save money by eliminating duplicate activities.

“There may be opportunities to have people doing double duty that are helping keep offices open but also helping other functions get their work done,” he says.

The County Council will discuss the restructuring with county department heads in the coming months.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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