Monroe County Forced To Tighten Belt For 2012 Budget

The budget hearings are scheduled to begin September 13th.

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The county council will be forcing almost all departments to make cuts in personnel.

Tough times are ahead for Monroe County finances according to Councilman Geoff McKim. Budget hearing begins next month and McKim says the county can expect to have an even smaller budget than in 2011.

“We’ve had some recent bad economic news that I think we’ve been talking about quite a bit,” he said. “Our income tax revenues from the county as a whole are down.”

In addition to the cuts next year, even if more property taxes are available in coming years, the county may not have those funds available for use.

“Because of overpayment from the state in the past,” he said, “it looks like we’re going to have to, along with many other counties in the state, to take any growth for future income tax revenues and use them to pay back this overpayment.”

McKim estimates it may be three or four years before the county budget will be able to grow any larger than the estimated $30 million it was in 2011. The budget hearings are scheduled to begin September 13th.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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