November 26, 2014

Commissioners propose two plans for budget cuts

Board asking for input from county

By John Fischer|Staff Writer
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ARENAC COUNTY — At the July 21 Arenac County Board of Commissioners (ACBC) meeting, District IV Commissioner Ronald Branda and District III Commissioner Michael Snyder presented to the board, county department heads and public two budget proposals in which they’ve been working on for the past few months.

Both proposals feature cuts to parts of departments and, in some cases, whole departments as well as individual budget reductions, furlough days and membership cancellations.

According to the board, neither budget plan will likely remain as is and will probably have additions and subtractions over the next few weeks. The board also says it welcomes any insight on the proposed budgets from citizens, county workers or board members, only asking that if you strongly oppose a specific cut that you have something in mind to replace the cut.

Snyder says without shedding some $200,000 from the budget over the next two years, the county would not survive 2012.

Below are the first drafts of the proposed budget plans.

Plan A

• MSU-Extension -

1. Cancel 4-H and leave the Agriculture position unfilled

2. Office staff to part-time status

Savings: $43,000

• Eliminate Marine Patrol

Savings: $3,000

• Eliminate Non-Millage Road Patrol

Savings: $8,700

• Eliminate School Resource Officer

Savings: $13,000

• Eliminate Animal Control

Savings: $38,000

• Close Building Department

Savings: $6,000

• Close parks at point of loss

Savings: $16,000 - $21,000

• 1% reduction in overall budget requests

Savings: $51,000

• 10% reduction in all contractual services

Savings: $20,000

Total: $203,700

Plan B

• MSU-Extension -

1. Cancel 4-H and leave the Agriculture position unfilled

2. Office staff to part-time status

Savings: $43,000

• Eliminate Marine Patrol

Savings: $3,000

• Eliminate Non-Millage Road Patrol

Savings: $8,700

• Eliminate School Resource Officer

Savings: $13,000

• 1% reduction in overall budget requests

Savings: $51,000

• 10% reduction in all contractual services

Savings: $20,000

• Furlough Days - 6 days

Savings: $36,000

• Reduction in per diem to $25

Savings: $3,500

• Cancel all subscriptions and memberships (non-mandated)

Savings: $23,000

• Reduce board of commissioners pay 10%

Savings: $2,000

• Reduce travel & mileage by 33%

Savings: $11,500

Total: $214,700

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