It’s no secret that money is tight in Muskingum County, but agencies continue to work with the commissioners to make ends meet.
Representatives from the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District discussed its 2013 preliminary budget. Administrator Lisa Crock said it’s getting tougher to cut costs.
"We’ve seen quite a few budget cuts over the last couple of years," said Crock. "A little over a year ago, we had eight employees, and now we have five. We are maintaining all of our primary functions though. If you come to our office, we’ll still help you with whatever conservation needs you might have."
Crock said she traveled to Columbus to share ideas with other counties. She said the district is trying to address some specific needs.
"We’re hoping to purchase a used truck," said Crock. "We received a $50,000 grant from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. We’re using that to create a water education trailer. The Cincinnati Museum is doing all of the design work for the interior of the trailer. This will be used at educational events all over our county."
Crock said the district will provide the commissioners with a revised budget in November.