County orders 2 percent budget cut

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Allan Feifer

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 02:33 PM.

On Tuesday morning, the county commission ordered department heads, constitutional officers and non-governmental agencies to cut their budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year by 2 percent.

“In order for us to keep the millage rate where it is, we can’t allow any increases,” Commissioner Pinki Jackel said, during commissioner comments at the end of the short, 90-minute meeting. “I suggest we ask for a 2 percent cut across the board.

“That’s a starting point where we can go into the process feeling like we will come out of the process with a good result,” she said.

Jackel said she expected unpredictable expenses including an increase in the cost of insurance. Chair Cheryl Sanders said she agreed with Jackel.

“We’re going to have to be very careful how we do the budget,” Sanders said. “I believe in a balanced budget. We are going to have to live within our means. The rise in property taxies is hurting some people. When we’ve got (money), it’s good. When we don’t, we have to make cuts. We’ve been on a downward incline since 2006.”

Sanders said she agreed the recent economic downturn was nearly over. “Blue skies are coming,” Jackel said.

Allan Feifer, president of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, distributed a copy of an email originally posted to Sanders and emailed Sunday to the Concerned Citizens’ membership.

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