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Branch County commissioners making progress on 2014 budget plan

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The red ink is shrinking but Branch County Commissioners still have quite a bit of deficit trimming to get done for the County’s 2014 budget plan. Commissioners reviewed the spending blueprint at their regular board meeting Tuesday afternoon. Commissioner Rod Olney, chairman of the Finance Committee, said after the first draft of the budget was presented this spring, the deficit was reduced down to $2.5 million for the second draft and now, it’s been lowered to $1.3 million for draft three.

Olney said they were able to accomplish that by eliminating some personnel requests from various departments as well as by reducing capital outlay funding and contingencies to the risk point. However, Olney told the Board the budget will need further amendments if staff cuts are to be avoided. The final plan adopted in December is required by law to be balanced.