LEWISBURG – Union County commissioners held the line on taxes for the eighth year in a row. At their meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved a $20 million budget that does not include a tax increase. At the beginning of the budgeting process, the county faced a $2 million deficit.
Commissioner chairman Preston Boop says they eliminated new hire requests from several departments and deferred some projects, “Any of the maintenance things that we can defer for a year, we’re doing that.”
Commissioner John Showers says they got some help from President Judge Michael Hudock, “Another significant area of bringing things into balance was just the cooperation of Judge Hudock. He has agreed to try and pull the numbers down of the incarcerated prisoners.”
Bringing down the total number of prisoners will save the county more than $300,000 annually.
Showers says balancing a budget with no new taxes is getting more difficult and they can’t promise they’ll be able to do it again in 2017.