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County eyes possible cuts

October 18, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Montgomery County is considering more than 35 layoffs as it continues to work on the proposed 2013 budget.

The county Finance Committee set up a baseline for the budget process that also includes no funding for outside agencies, no use of the county fund balance and stays within the state-mandated 2 percent cap on a tax-levy increase.

Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush said the Finance Committee must put together a 2013 budget recommendation by Oct. 20. Quackenbush said changes in the proposed budget will continue.

John Thayer, Finance Committee chairman and Root supervisor, said the layoffs would affect the Department of Public Works, Department of Social Services and the Sheriff's Department the most.

County supervisors are considering cutting funding to outside agencies, including the Office for the Aging and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Use of the fund balance has been the subject of a contentious debate in the budget discussions.

The county currently has about $4 million in the reserves.

Earlier this year, county Treasurer Shawn Bowerman presented a separate budget-cutting plan.

His budget proposed the elimination of five sheriff's deputies, one corrections officer and nine positions from the Department of Social Services. Bowerman's plan also included cuts in other departments.

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