“It may not happen this year … but we’re going to be forced to look at the budget,” he said Monday. “Unless Boeing or some other company comes into the county and builds a huge factory, we’re just not getting the growth we need right now to pay all the bills.”
Besides cutting departmental spending, Duckwall suggested other ways the county might save money, including reducing part-time help, reviewing previous raises for bailiffs and reducing or eliminating department maintenance budgets.
The commissioners will meet with department heads over the next four weeks to discuss possible budget cuts and recommend ways to reduce the budget at next month’s council meeting.
“We’ve gotten away from what is essential in government and what is wanted,” said Commissioner Josh Francis Monday. “That’s our problem. We’re here to provide the essential needs of government, not make it easy for everybody. We need to look hard at the budget, and there aren’t going to be any easy decisions, but they need to be made.”