The city of Zanesville is in a budget crunch and Thursday the Public Safety Committee met to discuss cutbacks at the police and fire departments.
The Zanesville Police Department has to trim around $150,000 off its budget from last year. Chief Eric Lambes said they are cutting back on overtime, going back to a cheaper paint scheme on their vehicles and they will not be filling two open positions.
They may also have to discontinue use of their in-cruiser computer...
The the Zanesville City Council Budget Committee will take a closer look at the 2010 budget to find where they can save money.
At the work session this evening, Mayor Butch Zwelling proposed several options lessening the amount of furloughs and putting money back in to the Fire Department's funds. The temporary 2010 budge took about $510,000 out of two Fire Department funds to cover a hole in the budget.
Chairman of the committee David Tarbert said the committee will look at...
Other elected officials met with commissioners today to discuss the 2010 budget for their departments.
County Recorder Karen Vincent says her department spent $258,000 last year. In 2010, she's requesting an $8,000 increase. Vincent said her employees have not been given a raise in two years and the Recorder's Office revenue is increasing.
"In 2009 we were up about 40,000 dollars, back in 2004 we had a really good year, but since then the revenues have been...
City Council is taking steps to finalize its 2010 budget.
At tonight's meeting an ordinance was introduced that would give authorization to create a furlough system for city employees. However the ordinance does not authorize furloughs, that is a decision made by Mayor Zwelling.
The ordinance moved to a second reading.
A hearing is scheduled for January 25 to discuss the budget and potential problems and solutions.
Also, meeting with Muskingum County Commissioners Monday was Prosecutor Mike Haddox.
Commissioner John Bates says the Prosecutor's Office was one of the county agencies that cut back last year, when others did not.
"We asked most departments to freeze the salaries and the wages and not spend anymore than they had to, so they did turn some money back in at the end of the year and we're very glad of that and there was some that went ahead and gave their employees raises,...
The cold weather and the high cost of gasoline is causing budget issues for the Muskingum County Engineer's office. Engineer Doug Davis spoke with Muskingum County Commissioners about his department's budget.
"So we were here to talk about budget with the Commissioners and we use that opportunity to look at trends where we think we're going to be in the future for 2010, 2011, and 2012. So we're now budgeting out that far ahead to look at capital improvements. So it's an idea and...