Layoffs Being Made to Lower County Budget

Country Controller Myra Miller publicly asked commissioners to add money back into her 2017 budget after the final budget would potentially eliminate two full-time employees, solicitor expense and training costs.

Country Controller Myra Miller publicly asked commissioners to add money back into her 2017 budget after the final budget would potentially eliminate two full-time employees, solicitor expense and training costs.

by Jonathan Weaver

Despite County Commissioners fulfilling their pledge to not raise taxes to balance the 2017 budget, about 20 employees are proposed to be laid off following the holiday season.

Commissioners reduced the General Fund budget by more than $180,000 –lowering it to $21.15 million – and held millage rates at 19 mills.

Controller Myra Miller openly spoke during yesterday’s public meeting about how budget cuts have affected her department. Those cuts are thought to potentially eliminate two full-time employees, some of Miller’s training costs and money appropriated for a solicitor.

“I cannot do the job that I was elected to do if I do not have the necessary resources in my office,” Miller said. “Potentially bills will not get paid timely. Potentially I could miss fraud and other mistakes because I will have been made to lower my standards.”

Of the nearly-60 departments represented in the General Fund budget, more than more than 30 of them are projecting lower expenses in 2017. Nearly a dozen other departments also will not realize a significant statistical change.

The budget adoption was unanimously approved.