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A Preview of the Monroe County Budget Hearings

This week on Noon Edition, we previewed the Monroe County budget hearings.

Monroe County Council Members are sticking to their claim they over-budgeted last year, leading to worries of layoffs this year. However, after the Council learned last month it would receive an extra $900,000, members nixed any talk of pink slips. County Council President Vic Kelson defends the once-definitive threat of job cuts by saying he’s worried about the county’s budget over the course of several years.

“It is definitely a roller coast ride for everyone involved,” Kelson said. “But our job is the difficult job of balancing priorities and making sure over the long run that five years from now we’re not going to be in a cash hole.”

The Council has nearly 1 million extra dollars to spend this year because of incorrect property valuations by other taxing units in the county.

  • Jeff Thomas

    Does the panel have any regrets regarding the amount of tension generated within the departments by the pre-budget working sessions? The focus on cutting expenses — more specifically cutting jobs — in anticipation of revenue shortfalls (that apparently have not eventuated) seemed single-minded to some observers. I recall one meeting where a department head pleaded for slowing down the demand to identify these cuts. He cited less than budgeted expenditure for the year to date as a sign the heads were acting in good faith to take on board the council’s apparent concern. The Chair’s response was “Would you like us to zero-out those budget items right now?” which I, at least, considered quite adversarial

  • http://http://www.extension.purdue.edu/ces/Monroe/citizen%20academy.pdf Monroe County Extension Office

    The link to the brochure for the Monroe County Citizens Academy is http://www.extension.purdue.edu/ces/Monroe/citizen%20academy.pdf

    Today is the last day to register for the program and space is limited. Questions about the program can be directed to the Monroe County Extension Office at 349-2575

  • Monroe County Extension Office

    The link to the brochure for the Monroe County Citizens Academy is http://www.extension.purdue.edu/ces/Monroe/citi

    Today is the last day to register for the program and space is limited. Questions about the program can be directed to the Monroe County Extension Office at 349-2575

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