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FMS discusses budget

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By Jennifer Caldwell

After approving several bids for county purchases discussion turned toward the topic of developing the upcoming fiscal year’s budget during Monday evening’s FMS committee meeting.

Jeff Marlow, county finance director, suggested commissioners consider sending correspondence to each department head cautioning against requests for additional funds to be added to their 2009-10 budgets.

“If last year appeared to be tight this year is off the wall,” Marlow said of the funding challenges facing Campbell County government.

Commissioner Lynn Letner agreed with Marlow, but stated he was hesitant to offer input after receiving harsh criticism for the one percent raise county employees last year.

Although pay increases for county employees seems unlikely at best, Marlow said a solution to ease the strain on employees had been discussed.

If passed, employees would be allowed to be paid cash for up to five annual days at the end of the budget year if they choose.

According to Marlow, this option is currently being weighed by members of the insurance and personnel committees and will be introduced to the full commission at a later time.