Muskingum County commissioners said undecided decisions about the state’s budget and school funding are making it difficult for the county to plan the 2002 budget. The commissioners held a public hearing for the budget today and because the state has already issued some cuts, local governments will be losing money. Commissioner Ed Kenily said Human Services is being cut $800,000. The county had plans to hire in that department, but those plans are now on hold. The county estimates they’ll have $27,600,000 for the 2002 budget. Kenily said the Sheriff’s department requires the most amount of money with 6 million dollars projected for 2002. Department budgets aren’t the only thing being affected by the state’s school funding issue; available grant money is also being reduced. The county has to turn their budget review in to the state auditor’s office by July 15. Before the budget is finalized in Nov., commissioners will be meeting with individual departments to discuss their requests.