No tax hike in county budget

Written By: Ogle County Life Newspaper Staff

OREGON Ogle County is looking at using some reserve funds and losing positions through attrition to get the budget in balance without raising taxes.
Board chairman Kim Gouker said the board will vote on the final roughly $30 million 2016 budget at its November meeting.
The proposed budget was presented to the board and public last week.
Gouker said the county does not want to raise taxes, so it is looking at different ways to save money as it gets less from other sources.
“The funding from the state is dropping, and other revenues are dropping,” he said.
So the county is dipping into its reserves as well as looking at positions over the next few years as people retire.
“We’re looking at some long-term layoffs,” Gouker said. “Only through attrition though.”
The largest part of the budget is the $14 million general fund, which pays for the day-to-day operations of the county and its departments.
The proposed 2016 budget is about $200,000 more than the 2015 budget, he said.

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