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Commissioners mull next year’s budget

Faced with substantial reductions in the county’s general fund next year, Gadsden County commissioners are exploring ways to boost revenue, balance the budget and generally avoid financial trouble in the upcoming fiscal years, with a series of budget workshops.

The first workshop was June 12. It was originally scheduled for May but was rescheduled.

The county will likely have to look to its reserve funds to compensate for an expected drop in the general fund for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

Commissioners discussed adding new taxes to fuel, which could bring in around $12 million.

Commission chair Brenda Holt said it was important to properly staff and fund housing and other projects to keep up the quality of life of Gadsden County residents.

Special to The Herald