County crunches numbers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 23, 2001

Adams County supervisors may know in a few days if they must cut the budget to avoid a tax increase in the upcoming year.

&uot;Charlie (Brown) should let us know something by Monday,&uot; said Supervisor Darryl Grennell.

In recent weeks, the supervisors have been holding regular budget meetings with Brown, the county administrator, to discuss the budget for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.

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The board will hold another budget meeting today and by next week Brown should be able to calculate if projected tax revenues are enough to meet projected needs.

If not, supervisors say they will have to make other cuts in the budget.

&uot;I’m prepared to make necessary cuts in order to avoid a tax increase,&uot; Grennell said. &uot;I’m not in favor of a tax increase.&uot;

The supervisors have cut the budget during their budget meetings. For example, they agreed to reduce the salaries for detention officers at the under-construction juvenile justice center from $18,000 to $17,000 a year, Grennell said. They also reduced the salary of a secretary for the center from $17,000 to $16,000 a year.

&uot;Overall I think we’re doing a good job in terms of taking a lot of ‘cushion’ out of various departments,&uot; Grennell said.

Last year the county voted to increase its tax rate by 1.95 mills — a figure used to calculate property taxes — to 56.76 mills. That increase raised the taxes on a $100,000 house $19 last year.

Supervisor Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell said he also is waiting for the final tabulation from Brown, but he thinks Adams County will not need to raise taxes this year. &uot;I don’t think it’s going to come down to that,&uot; Campbell said.

Supervisor Lynwood Easterling is waiting for figures, as well. &uot;I will do whatever I can to keep (there) from being a tax increase,&uot; Easterling said.