Butler County Commissioners approve $85.3 million budget

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Butler County Commissioners buckled down to balance the books by Christmas.

"It's clearly the most challenging I've seen," said Butler County Commissioner Donald Dixon.

And the cuts that are coming are more like the Grinch.

"This is painful, it's $6 million less this year than we adopted at the start of 09," Donald said.

That includes $2.6 million in recent cuts from various county departments.

"The biggest part of that cut was made by the Sheriff in the Sheriff's department, " Dixon said.

Just over a total $2 million in cuts to the Sheriff's Office alone.

"The biggest thing is about $500,000 of direct cuts to our staffing," said Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.

As for the nearly $250,000 in cuts from the Prosecutor's office, pink slips are on the way.

"We'll probably have to get into some either furlough or layoffs, most likely we we'll probably have layoffs," said Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper.

But county leaders say public safety won't be in jeopardy.

"Like our services, we have less clerks at the window manning it, so you just have to stand in line a little bit longer to get a copy of a police report, the things that aren't critical services is what's taken the hit so far,"Dwyer said.

"We're going to cut in areas that really won't effect the felony level prosecutions," Piper said

The 2010 budget will also use about $900,000 from county reserves, Commissioners will return next week to approve the non general fund budget.

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