Cuts In The Country
Budget cuts is a challenge counties everywhere are facing, even the counties that already live with less.
But it's a compromise, one Levy County commissioner says, residents agree to when they move out into the country.
Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson says, making less, already having less, is not easy. One of the county's largest departments has been trimming its resources all year.
Major Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriffs Office says they have .7 deputies per thousand residents, the state average is 1.8. That is just one example of how little there is left to downsize.
Other than freezing five positions from the jail next year, Sullivan says a decrease of nearly one hundred inmates allowed them cut 50,000 from the jails food budget.
The Levy County Sheriffs Office cut a total of 661,000 from it's budget, which Major Sullivan says will not affect public safety.
Budgets are due September 30th.
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