COLDWATER (WTVB) - "It’s been a long and trying year for all of us"… the words of Branch County Board of Commissioners chairman Don Vrablic as he wrapped up yesterday’s last board meeting of 2013, a session that saw the Commission approve the county’s general fund spending plan for next year. Vrablic said he hopes that 2014 will bring us prosperity and some improved conditions. The budget and appropriations act both drew no votes from Dale Swift, the second district Commissioner from Bronson. Swift believes the total of one million dollars taken from the county’s rainy day account and delinquent tax fund used to balance the 2014 general fund budget can happen and still allow enough funding for reinstatement of laid off sheriff’s department road patrol deputies and more money for MSU Extension programs, all without jeopardizing the county’s reserve funds. Those cuts remain intact in the 2014 spending plan. The County Board also set 10am on January 2nd as the time and date for its annual organizational meeting.
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