County trims operating budget by $4.5 million

With operating revenues declining for two years in a row, the Clermont County Board of Commissioners took a hard look at how to balance the budget and made the decision Monday, Nov. 23 to cut $4.5 million from the general fund budget.

According to board of commissioners President Ed Humphrey, the largest pieces of the operating expense pie are the criminal justice department and the general government. With a forecast of operating revenues continuing to drop in 2010, the commissioners have had to find ways to cut the budget again.

“To maintain a fiscally responsible general fund balance in light of declining revenues, we have to limit our operating expenditures,” said Humphrey.