Shawnee County Commission discusses 2014 budget

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Shawnee County Commissioners continue their work to craft a 2014 budget plan.

A standing-room only crowd filled the chamber Thursday as several citizens provided commissioners with their input into next year’s budget.

At the end of a 4 hour meeting, commissioners made numerous tentative cuts to the document they intend to be in the budget, but the budget would still bring a nearly 5 mill increase on the county’s property tax mill levy which equals to about an additional $57 in property tax on a $100,000 home.

The decisions made today aren’t final, and commissioner bob archer said nobody will be happy with the 2014 budget. “In a nutshell we spend too much money and we’ve decimated our reserves. my thought is we should be doing the opposite we should be cutting spending and increasing our reserves.”

Some of the reductions proposed today include cutting the Emergency Management Department budget by 50%, drop social services grants by $100,000 and cut the Parks and Recreation Department budget by 10%.

Commissioner kevin cook stressed during Thursday’s meeting that the decisions made were not final.

The budget has to be finalized by August 25th.

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