During a work session Thursday, Lauderdale County supervisors were given the hard facts. The money isn't there and layoffs are inevitable.
Supervisor Craig Hitt says a time line hasn't been set yet, but he says something is going to have to be done soon. He says one idea is to give department heads an idea of how much money needs to be cut and allow them to see if they have any ideas other than job cuts. But he doesn't seem to be optimistic that those measures will be enough.
"We've basically cut everything out of budgets, with the exemption of personnel," said Craig Hitt. "So that is where we will have to look."
"You can't trim debt. You can't trim contracts, utilities," said county administrator Mike Sumrall. "The only thing we've got left is personnel. "
As for other ideas for cutting the departments, Hitt has mentioned travel and vehicles. But he said he doesn't think those measures will be enough.