County budget approved with no lay0ffs

Ray County Commissioners can maybe sleep better at night now that the several month process to develop a workable budget is finally over.
Last week the Commissioners approved a budget that will see at least a 4 percent cut across the board. Some offices saw even bigger cuts however.
For example, the Ray County Jail budget was slashed by 12 percent and the County Recorder’s Office cut its budget by nearly 20 percent, according to Presiding Commissioner Jeff Adams. He said most of the cuts were voluntary because department heads are aware of the situation.
“We realize it’s been a long process but it’s something we had to go through,” said Western Commissioner Mike Twyman. “There was a lot of head scratching and sleepless nights and they’re not over yet.
“The last thing I want to see is for someone to lose their job,” he added. “I feel a lot better now.”
The budget cuts do not include any layoffs. The county has been operating the last four months on the 2008 budget. Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale said the move saved the county money in the long run.
“I can’t tell you if it’s legal, but it was the best use of taxpayer money,” Dale said. “It’s already helped our bottom line.”
Adams said the toughest part of formulating the budget is projecting revenues.
Ray County Clerk Lynn Rogers said some department’s reveunues are up.
On Friday the Commissioners will review a newly constucted bridge on 232nd Street. Total cost of the bridge was about $293,000.
Orginally estimates for the bridge were more than $324,000.
The bridge was a complete replacement.

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