Budget cuts promise to be painful

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Marshall County commissioners recommended spending restraint last week by adding no money to the county veterans services office, less for another office because of a retirement and less for the community college.

Those cuts emerged from the annual budget deliberations focused on the county's general fund that pays for services and administration, prompting Com-missioner Mickey King to remark that part of the county budget must get by on less for fiscal year 2008-09. Money trimmed from the general fund was placed in a separate account to raise money so new school buses could be purchased to replace older buses deemed unsafe for daily transport of children to and from school.

Public reaction to the prospect of a property tax hike this year was a chief reason for fiscal conservatism, King said.

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