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Commissioners able to save some things in budget

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County has been able to take a few things off the chopping block for the 2010 budget, but the outlook is still grim.

Commissioners are calling the 2010 budget "survival mode,"  "crisis management," and "making the best of a bad situation."

"This is the proverbial ten pounds of stuff in a five pound bag," said Commissioner Todd Portune. "Not everything's going to fit."

For now, a $4 million adjustment gives $1.4 million to the sheriff to enable him to keep all the floors of the Justice Center open.

"The sheriff will still be challenged with the 2010 budget," said County Administrator Patrick Thompson. "He still has significant reductions to be made."

The coroner's office will have $300,000 to keep the crime lab open for at least the first half of 2010. The coroner will also contract with the state to bring in more revenue.

"It's too important to our community just system cases that are prosecutors'," said Commissioner Greg Hartmann. "They work hand in hand with prosecutors of criminal cases."

The administrator was also able to reallocate some money to the prosecutors office, clerks office and the courts.

Commission President David Pepper says this is a bit of good news in tough times.

"Some of the most important priorities we have even in a tough budget where we're cutting 12 percent we can keep those priorities alive," said Pepper.

They're already looking at 2011, and hoping things get better.

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