As Govenor Bob Taft continues to close the gap in Ohio's 162 million dollar budget deficit, local governments are feeling the effects. Earlier today, Muskingum County's auditor met with the commissioners to discuss the cuts in funding for local governments. It is estimated that the state budget calls for a 7 percent cut in local government funds for the county and its various villages and townships. To deal with the cuts, auditor Anita Adams and the commissioners are asking department heads to keep a close eye on their spending. And it seems that their cooperation is helping Muskingum County get through the financially lean times. Adams also says that the county will be able to absorb the reductions in local government funds without making any drastic budget cuts or layoffs.