Supervisors Fair or Unfair on Budget?

In fact, District 3 supervisor Craig Hitt says proposed cuts will cause some departments' losses to become other departments' gains.

Hitt said he has major concerns about recent budget talks.

"It's just not a fair process, in my opinion," Hitt said.

According to Hitt, when supervisors recently met with department heads to discuss their budgets, some had an easy time of it and some did not.

"There are some departments that, when they come in, they're under the gun, and there are others who seem to just don't even ask for things and they get it appropriated," said Hitt. "We had one department that asked for some money to be allocated for vehicles and basically the response was, 'We don't have money this year. We can't do that.' We had another department that asked for money for vehicles, just in case they needed to buy some this year, and money was put into that budget for vehicles."

Hitt even goes on to say that during the discussions one department head told supervisors point blank that he did not need as much money as they were offering.

To Hitt's claim of unfairness, board president Wayman Newell says he disagrees.

"All departments are being cut," said Newell. "Some have more money to cut than others do."

Newell said he does not think any department has been favored over another.

With the first round of budget talks now coming to an end, department heads will have at least one more time to meet with supervisors. At that time we are told that even more cuts could come.

If nothing changes, Hitt says some departments that stand to lose the most when it comes to the budget are the sheriff's department and emergency management.

"I'm certainly not saying we need to add anything anywhere it's not needed, but we just need to be fair," Hitt said.

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