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Jackson County Officials Discuss 2014 Budget

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Jackson County Officials will discuss some pressing issues, including next year's budget on Friday. Right now the county needs to make up a shortfall of more than 2-million dollars out of the $42-million budget.

County officials say they knew this was coming because the county is on the right track.

 

Over the next month, the Jackson County Office of the Controller will work with the board to decide how to balance the budget. Deputy Controller Adam Brown says right now all options are on the table, including layoffs.

"Looking at programs can we afford to do them, or are there other opportunities to increase revenues other places or what can departments save or do without," said Brown. "We're the person on the other end of the phone when you call 911. We count on them being there and we don't necessarily miss them until you dial 911 and hopefully there's an answer on the other end."

Brown says Jackson County, like much of the Midwest, is slowly climbing out of the recession. Employment numbers and home values here are rising.

"We expected overall to lose value in the county by about 1.5 percent, and what it turned out is that we actually broke even. And then next year we anticipate that real estate values will go up by a percent to a percent and a half."

The proposed budget will be available in early June. Then the county will hold meetings to let the public weigh in before the final budget's approved.

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