Sheila McLaughlin reports:
After at least three years of slashing expenses, layoffs and stagnant pay, Butler County’s budget woes seem to be easing up.
Commissioners are expected to approve a 2013 general fund budget of just more than $79 million, about the same as 2012.
They’ll vote Dec. 27.
A $1 million across-the-board cutback in county offices in September kept the county in the black for this year.
“I said a year ago that I thought we hit the bottom and were trending up. I think that’s true, although we have to keep a vigilant eye on expenditures,” Commissioner Don Dixon said Thursday after the budget proposal was presented.
Commissioner Cindy Carpenter credited the sacrifices of office holders and employees, many of whom are doing two to three jobs with no increase in pay.
Projected casino revenue for the 2013 budget stands at about $4 million. The county will maintain its 10 percent cash reserves, Budget Manager Tonyia Burnett said.
County commissioners have trimmed the budget from $94.7 million in 2008.