It won’t be as tough of a year as expected, but Miller County commissioners say they will have to watch spending as they put the finishing touches on the 2009 budget.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday to take public comment before commissioners sign off on the budget.


It won’t be as tough of a year as expected, but Miller County commissioners say they will have to watch spending as they put the finishing touches on the 2009 budget.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday to take public comment before commissioners sign off on the budget.
According to Miller County commissioner Brian Duncan, years of solid planning from officials can be attributed to the county being able to make it through bad economic times.
Unlike Camden County where employee hours were scaled back and projects have been set aside, Duncan says Miller County will not be making any drastic cuts.
Even though officials do not plan on seeing any sales tax growth in 2009, Duncan says he is optimistic that they will be able to balance the budget.
Sharp drops in gas prices will save the county about $50,000. In addition, money turned over by Federal Emergency Management Agency for dozens of road and bridge projects provided additional relief, he said.
Duncan credits department heads who have worked to trim budgets and watch expenses over the years with their ability to face the uncertain economic times.
“Right now everyone is working to stay within their budget,” he said. “We went to every office, told them it would be a tough year and not to come looking for a bucket full and they didn’t. People were real modest, they all understood and were fair.”
The hearing will get underway at 11 a.m. Friday in the Miller County commission chambers.