County Supervisors Consider Ways to Cut Budget

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

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.


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  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 1, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    I live in the city now, but lived in the county for 25 years. I still watch the Board of Supervisors meetings and the City Council meetings, and I am taking time off this morning from watching the dog and pony show that is the BOS meeting on TV. These people are the most ignorant, non-thinking, non-reasoning pathetic individuals I have ever seen. Please, Lauderdale County citizens, vote these morons out of office. By the way, City Council is not a whole lot better, but I, with my vote, do have SOME control over that problem. Both groups embarrass the city of Meridian and the county of Lauderdale.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    ever heard of _____ in the wind?
  • by Anonymous Location: Zero Community on Feb 28, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    IF you are so upset, go to their meeting next week and tell them face to face. You talk big on this site, but you don't have the ______ to tell them in person. Why don't all you complainers just shut up!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM
    hey you guys put them in year after year and every year you yip.. the city got tired of the circle and did somethign about it.. what's the county's problem... there is a lot of abuse from the top down. trees goes go down fire dept. is called unless the head dept. guy can make more then 15 min in over time. then he says give the Vol. guys a break i will do it. the you have others work for a few hrs then rest of the day hide. doing personal things on time clock. like i said it is from top to the bottom.
  • by Johnny Walker Location: Lauderdale on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:15 PM
    This really makes me mad. These people have the nerve to talk layoffs but are going to send Judge Coleman to Las Vegas for a week to some type of convention on OUR DIME. That trip alone would probably pay an employee's salary for a month. Lets cut the county vacations and keep some people employed. It would be a hard pill to swallow for someone to get layed off after many years of service because we have to pay for Coleman's vacation. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Les on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    First thing they should do is park the 4-door 4 wheel drive F250 that Neil Carson is driving everywhere, it would be different if he had a trailor hauling a small dozer but not just to ride around in. It's simple business if your broke park some automobiles and save gas you won't get rich but it might keep food on 1 mans table.
  • by chele Location: meridian on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHO APPROVED A 40,000.00 SUV????? SOMETHING MIGHTY SHADY GOING ON.
  • by Z Location: here and there on Feb 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    Sell it!!!! That's at least one job they wouldn't have to cut, it they had their money back just from that SUV....Wow!!!
  • by chele Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    THEY SHOULD HAVE TO ACCOUNT WHERE THIS MONEY HAS GONE. IF THEY CANNOT FIRE THE WHOLE _____ BUNCH.
  • by evelyn Location: meridian on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    where has all the money gone? who has lined there pockets? first thing to go is county vehicles they sould be sold,drive your own.that saves ins.,tag another thing do we tax payers pay for supervisors health ins. if so cut that. pay for your own I do. I never see anything they do but fuss and fight so cut there jobs. And let the real working county employees keep there jobs. Lauderdale county superviors are a joke. I only watch the board meeting to get a good laugh and to see how stupid they look. Wake up lauderdale county next election none of these people need to go back into office. we need people that can work together for us not these worns.
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