Supervisors looking for budget cuts

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Supervisors will meet again today to discuss the county budget, but a future raise of taxes in Adams County remains uncertain.

Supervisor Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell could not give specifics Monday but said the board is still looking at ways to make cuts in the budget.

Campbell said he does not think the board members have any major issues still to resolve during today’s workshop.

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&uot;There’s nothing alarming that stands out that needs to be corrected,&uot; he said. &uot;We are in the process of dealing with those (items) we think are a little out of line.&uot;

Last year, the board approved a $24,981,966 budget by raising the county’s millage rate by 1.17. The increase was equal to about $18 on a $100,000 house.

The board members also generated outrage last year by nixing salary increase to county employees at the last minute.

They hope to act differently this year.

&uot;We haven’t finalized (the raises) but it looks favorable,&uot; Campbell said.

County employees have gone without a salary increase for at least three years.

&uot;You’ve got to give them a cost of living&uot; increase,&uot; Campbell said.

Supervisor Lynwood Easterling also said board members are looking closely at the budget and making cuts when possible.

Easterling, who also supports employee raises, said the board wants to avoid a tax increase this year.

&uot;If there is a way we can (avoid an increase), we’re definitely trying too,&uot; he said.

Board members will hold today’s budget workshop at 10 a.m.

Public hearings on the budget are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 12.