County expenditures cut further

To date, the union officials have refused to renegotiate the contracts, and county officials have instead cut 50 or so jobs.

A joint meeting of the supervisors' personnel and public safety committees is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 18, and discussion of job cuts or overtime reduction is likely to reoccur, county officials said Monday.

The latest cuts mean the anticipated budget has now been reduced by a total of $7,131,1555 in amount to be raised by taxes. About 50 positions have been cut, including the county's top executive post.

A total of $492,000 was cut from funding independent service agencies, $1.1 million cut voluntarily by county department heads - primarily in projects, services, equipment and supplies - and $4.5 million in cuts and revenue enhancement, primarily due to the work of the county budget officer and budget committee members, according to county records.

One of these cuts, which may save the county as much as $500,000, is to hike employees' health insurance deductibles on claims, but reimbursing those employees for the difference on claims actually submitted.

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