Jennings Co. Council wrestles with budget

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VERNON, Ind.–The first reading and public hearing for the 2019 Jennings County budget was heard Tuesday night in Vernon. The Jennings County Council was unable to come to an agreement on moving forward with the proposed projections and returned the forecast numbers to the department heads for review.

Among the issues discussed were sheriff’s department retention, decreasing property tax revenue, and raises for county employees. With the county looking at a meager 2.5 percent growth on last year’s numbers, it would still need to cut $1 million from the 2019 proposal, including salaries.

The current deadline for budget adoption is October 9. Tuesday’s meeting was continued until Monday, September 24, to give the departments time to review their bottom lines before the council begins making cuts.

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