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Commission chair to present budget
Calls for 4 percent reduction in spending
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The proposed budget Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg plans to present this week calls for about a 4 percent drop in spending for 2012.

"Overall, it’s a reduction of about $1 million from 2011," Berg said Monday.

The county’s 2011 budget was approved at $21.8 million, about 8.8 percent less than 2010.

Berg spent the last several weeks meeting with county staff and constitutional officers to determine the funds needed to operate for the year.

Berg said the proposed budget includes cuts in most county departments.

"You’ll also see a reduction in employees," he said.

Berg will make the budget presentation Thursday during the commission’s work session.

Commissioners will then have the opportunity to make suggestions, though any "changes would have to be zero based, because we’ve already voted to keep the millage the same at 8.138, with no increase and no roll-up," Berg said.

Two public hearings are required before the commission can vote on the 2012 budget.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the G.L. Pete Gilleland Council Chambers at City Hall.