Vanderburgh County budgets that have already been slimmed down are likely to be squeezed even tighter in the coming year. At least that's what county council members are preparing for.
The county budget should be finalized by the State Board of Accounts in the next few weeks, and that's when the council will know for sure how much money it has to work with in 2013.
The budget they submitted was about $64 million.
Projections right now, according to council members, aren't looking very good.
In fact, the finance chairman says things have been on a downward trend for the last three or four years.
The council president says eliminating jobs through attrition is something they may have to get more serious about.
Efficiency was also being pointed to as an important focus, cutting costs when possible to hopefully avoid any kind of layoffs down the road.
"That would be the last thing we would ever want to do. Again, if it comes down to making things balance out, it may come down to that, but our hope is to find other avenues to cut costs," James Raben said, the Vanderburgh County Council Finance Chairman.
"I think the one thing that we have really lacked thus far is that cross-training, stepping over the walls of the next office and say you know, we're doing this at this given time, and stuff and I think we could find some ways here of gaining some efficiencies by cooperating better between ourselves," Vanderburgh County Council President, Tom Shetler, said.
One thing mentioned on Wednesday that will cut into the county budget next year in 2014 was a change that will require the county to put more towards the public retirement fund for employees.
The council will know more about where things stand finance wise in the next few weeks and we'll keep you posted with any updates.
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