In March 3 Issue
Last week we made a few comments concerning the county budget. Since that time, we have had several to ask us what will happen and perhaps what should we do.
The present situation is a serious one for the county. One that present Judge-Executive Gary Robertson inherited, but now has to figure out an answer.
We do commend Robertson for being so forward and open with the situation and asking for suggestion and/or solutions. Most politicians would have tried to sugar coat the situation but Robertson is hitting the issue head on.
It seems the financial situation is very serious and an answer is not going to be easy. What even complicates the matter is the unknown issue with the new jail. No one knows for sure what kind of financial response we can expect from the operation of the new jail, financially positive or negative.
During the earlier issue deciding whether or not to build a new jail, there was some question as to whether or not this size jail could be financially feasibly. This could have a big impact on the financial outcome for the county.
Judge Executive Robertson has asked for suggestions from everyone as to how they would handle the deficit as it now stands.
How would you handle this?
Would you cut services? Would you cut short the road department? Would you cut short supporting the fire and police departments? Would you stop supporting the ambulance department? How about the 911 center, should we stop financial support there.
Do we cut back administrative help/ personnel in all county offices.
Stop graveling, stop snow and salt procedures?
Several we talked to stated we should just not worry about it, they would find a way. That sounds like a Washington attitude and we are afraid we do not have as many options here as in the White House.
What are your suggestions, write us a note and let us know how you think we should handle the budget.
Send to PO Box 190, Russell Springs, KY 42642 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.