Deeper cuts may be avoided -

Deeper cuts may be avoided

EDWARDSVILLE - The county budget will be lean but maybe not as mean as some people fear, a Madison County Board committee was told Wednesday.

The $43.6 million General Fund that begins Dec. 1 will be nearly 4 percent leaner that the current fiscal year, but some anticipated job reductions may be offset through retirements and transfers of workers into other county jobs outside the General Fund.

The General Fund includes revenue from property taxes, sales taxes, the county share of the state income tax and other sources.

Those revenues are all expected to continue to be sparse, which keeps the job reduction estimates at 39, the same as the figure announced last June when the county made a mid-year budget adjustment.

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