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Bennett Talks Bleak County Budget Picture During Work Session

April 17th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett painted a less than rosy budget picture when he addressed the County Commissioners during a Thursday afternoon work session.  Much of the session focused on the real potential of significant fiscal hits in the coming months driven by the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Already faced with a $2.1 million deficit,  Bennett presented a number of proposals to balance the budget moving forward, including dipping into the reserve fund for nearly $785,000. Other recommendations included flat funding the budgets of the Library; Animal Shelter and Arts Council. All of those groups had sought budget increases. The county will reduce capital requests by $500,000- and there will be staffing reductions through attrition- and a hiring freeze.  County Commissioners President Jake Shade said given the potentially dire fiscal situation, now more than ever,  the county should be fully exploring opportunities to consolidate government services…

One Response to “Bennett Talks Bleak County Budget Picture During Work Session”

  1. April 17, 2020 at 10:27 am, Ed Dodrill said:

    Consolidation has been talked about for 30 years.


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