Ohio sheriff to lay off 15 people to save funding

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwestern Ohio sheriff is laying off 15 people and eliminating three open jobs as his county faces an estimated $7.6 million budget shortfall.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said Wednesday that he will lay off five deputies and 10 security officers on June 1 to save $800,000. Commissioners in the county, which includes Dayton, have asked officials to cut spending by 2.5 percent to reduce the deficit.

Clerk of Courts Greg Brush says he likely will lay off employees by July 1.

The county's sales tax revenue has declined by more than 12 percent this year, and its income from investments and real estate fees also dropped. County Administrator Deborah Feldman says more cuts may be needed next year.

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