HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - It's a race to balance the books by the end of this year.
"It's going to take a round of cuts obviously, from all of us," said Butler County Commissioner Donald Dixon.
The County faces a $4.5 million budget deficit, Dixon says cuts need to be made across the board and some programs could take a hit.
"First the programs and capital cost and the last thing is to look at, obviously, do we have to reduce the number of employees," Dixon said.
But he says raising taxed is not an option.
"We will come up with a solution to the problem without raising taxes," Dixon said.
That means services like public safety could be on the chopping block.
"It's tougher than it was and less safe than it was three years ago," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
That's because three months ago Jones says he had to cut $1 million out of his $22 million budget and eliminate 32 positions.
"We've tightened our belts and we've been tightening for several years, and we've generated revenue that best that we can," Jones said.
But Jones says the County Administrator's resignation doesn't help the situation.
"The new one is my third County Administrator, in a year and a half, that's kind of tough when you lose someone as important as that position is," Jones said.
Commissioners will meet next week for a series of public work sessions.