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Budget cuts could go deep

The impact of the latest state budget cuts on the Pulaski County budget will not be fully known for a while, but the county’s finance director says the loss could range from $50,000 to $300,000.
Diane Newby said she will not be able to tell for sure the amount of funds the county will lose until she receives information from the state showing how the state is calculating the cuts and in what program the cuts will fall.
Without a doubt, the county’s constitutional offices are going to be hardest hit due to losses in funds from the state Compensation Board. She said cuts in those offices appear to range from a low of 4.12 percent in the land records office of Pulaski County Circuit Court to a high of 15 percent in the offices of Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer and Clerk of Circuit Court.
Other offices that receive state reimbursements through the Compensation Board include the Sheriff’s Office, Court Services and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Newby said she feels the $300,000 figure is going to be too high. She said she expects the lost funding to be in the neighborhood of $50,000.
The county used to receive just over $6 million in state funding, but earlier cuts reduced that amount by $250,000.
In a statement sent in a memo to members of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Peter Huber expresses concern that the county will be asked to make up for the loss in state funds.
“… the Regional Jail estimates the loss of approximately 10 previously unfilled positions and the New River Valley Community Services Board also reports a reduction of approximately 5 percent,” Huber says in the memo.
“It is too early to determine the full effect of these cuts on county operations. However, I anticipate that the Board of Supervisors will be faced with requests to utilize local funding to make up for state cuts, particularly as those cuts affect local services.”
The county already had to tap into its reserve fund to make up for lost revenue, including state funding, to balance the current fiscal year budget.

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Budget cuts could go deep

The impact of the latest state budget cuts on the Pulaski County budget will not be fully known for a while, but the county’s finance director says the loss could range from $50,000 to $300,000.
Diane Newby said she will not be able to tell for sure the amount of funds the county will lose until she receives information from the state showing how the state is calculating the cuts and in what program the cuts will fall.
Without a doubt, the county’s constitutional offices are going to be hardest hit due to losses in funds from the state Compensation Board. She said cuts in those offices appear to range from a low of 4.12 percent in the land records office of Pulaski County Circuit Court to a high of 15 percent in the offices of Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer and Clerk of Circuit Court.
Other offices that receive state reimbursements through the Compensation Board include the Sheriff’s Office, Court Services and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Newby said she feels the $300,000 figure is going to be too high. She said she expects the lost funding to be in the neighborhood of $50,000.
The county used to receive just over $6 million in state funding, but earlier cuts reduced that amount by $250,000.
In a statement sent in a memo to members of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Peter Huber expresses concern that the county will be asked to make up for the loss in state funds.
“… the Regional Jail estimates the loss of approximately 10 previously unfilled positions and the New River Valley Community Services Board also reports a reduction of approximately 5 percent,” Huber says in the memo.
“It is too early to determine the full effect of these cuts on county operations. However, I anticipate that the Board of Supervisors will be faced with requests to utilize local funding to make up for state cuts, particularly as those cuts affect local services.”
The county already had to tap into its reserve fund to make up for lost revenue, including state funding, to balance the current fiscal year budget.

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