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Brooke County Commissioners pass lowest budget in a decade

Updated: Tuesday, March 25 2014, 06:03 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. – With limited funds with which to work, Brooke County Commissioners passed their lowest budget in 10 years Tuesday.
The budget passed for $6,613,012, down $165,000 from last year. The carryover money figures to be down as well. Brooke Commissioners have $335,000 in a rainy day fund.
“A lot of that was carryover production from last year,” Brooke County Commissioner Tim Ennis said.
The budget funds the sheriff and tax office, the circuit, the county clerk’s office and animal shelter.
Ennis said Brooke County is two years from getting decent revenue from oil and gas industry and commissioners cannot spend money they do not have.
“This isn’t the end it’s just the beginning,” he said. “We want to work with the state to see if there is something we are missing that we are not doing appropriately.”
Meanwhile, they have found all of the money they can find.
Commissioner Norma Tarr said it’s tough to compare Brooke County to Ohio and Hancock Counties, or any county that has casinos.
The commissioners realized trouble with the budget two years ago. They are hoping it will not come down to cutting the work force.

Brooke County Commissioners pass lowest budget in a decade


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