County Having To Play Balancing Act With 2015 Budget (AUDIO)

KendallJASPER (NNDC) – The Dubois County County Council is having to play a balancing act with its 2015 budget.

That’s because the county is getting more than $1.2 million less in state funding than projected. The county’s projected 2015 budget is a little more than $9.4 million.

County council president Greg Kendall (pictured) believes most of the budget shortfall is the result of tax cuts by the state legislature as well caps on property taxes. The legislature has also eliminated the state inheritance tax and is fazing out business personal property taxes. Most of these taxes are used to fund county and municipal governments.

Kendall hopes these funding shortfalls are temporary. He says the governing board will make up the shortfall in the 2015 budget by using money the county currently has from economic development income taxes to fund certain budget items…

The county’s budget is also affected by declining gaming revenues which also funnel through to local governments.

Kendall says pay raises for county employees are not going to be part of the 2015 budget, in fact, the council Monday night decided to not spend $50,000 on a county employee salary study.

The study has been met with mixed results from both council members and county employees.

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