PERU – The Miami County Council is holding a public hearing today at 4:30 p.m. to discuss cutting more than $700,000 from the 2015 budget.

The county this year submitted an $8.3 million 2015 budget to the state, but state officials recently reported the county is projected to only bring in $6.6 million in tax revenue.

Miami County Commissioner Josh Francis said in a previous interview a lack of tax income has forced the county to make cuts in the past, but this is the lowest projected revenue he’s seen in years.

During today’s public hearing, council members will discuss and possibly vote on laying off workers, reducing other employees’ hours to part time and removing the Miami County Museum from the county’s payroll.

The council has already initially approved cutting the positions of the Veteran Affairs secretary, the highway department secretary and the courthouse’s switchboard operator.

The county also has approved selling the museum building to the Miami County Historical Society for $1 after completing any necessary repairs, and then removing museum employees from the county’s payroll.

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