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Trumbull County budget to remain flat in 2014

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WARREN, Ohio - The New Year is inching closer and local governments are focusing on what they can spend in 2014.

Most Trumbull County departments will likely not receive everything on their budget wish lists. The county's budget next year is projected to remain flat at about $43 million.

"Our sales tax is extremely flat, it's only up 1.6 percent over last year, which is very bad, very poor," Adrian Biviano says, county auditor.

This week county departments are presenting their budget requests knowing it's likely they won't be working with extra money in 2014.

Biviano says state funding cuts near $3.5 million during the past years are coupled with a struggling economic picture.

While casinos were projected to help county governments across the state, Biviano says Trumbull hasn't hit the jackpot yet.

"It was meant to be new monies and it's certainly not coming in," he says. "If you look at the projection statewide, it's much lower than what they thought, between 25 and 30 percent than they had anticipated."

At the time funding is down, costs are on the rise. The price to feed 900 jail inmates for example, went up this year after the state closed its warehouses where it stores food.

"We had to go to vendors such as Cisco and other vendors around here to purchase food and in some cases, it went up from 33 percent from prior to that," Tom Altiere says, Trumbull County sheriff.

The Trumbull County Sheriff's Office and jail stands to work with the same, about $10-million-dollars next year.

 

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