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Trumbull County working with flat budget

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WARREN, Ohio - Trumbull County's budget picture isn't budging much compared to years past.

County departments were told during budget proposal meetings in November that they'd likely have to continue to work within their current means.

The county's budget remains almost flat compared to past years dating back to 2007. Commissioners approved a $43.7 million budget Wednesday. The budget is half a million more than the county's 2013 budget and all $500,000 will be spent on rising county employee healthcare costs. 

"Unfortunately it's a national trend, insurance costs are rising, we anticipate that, that will continue to rise," Adrian Biviano says, Trumbull County auditor.

Biviano says the county's third party insurance provider notified the county in advance that costs would be going up. 

The cost increase comes at a time when the county is not seeing economic growth.

Sales tax revenue is trending downward and despite hopes for a piece of oil and gas industry profits, the county has yet to enjoy significant financial benefits from fracking.

This week Governor Kasich touted the state's budget surplus, but Commissioner Frank Fuda says Trumbull County is like other local governments agencies, bearing the flip side of a state budget out of the red.

"Throughout the state, townships, cities and counties are suffering, school systems are suffering," Fuda says. "In Trumbull County, he (Kasich) actually took $22 million dollars a year, so for that last three years, 66 million dollars have been taken from this county."

21 News contacted the governor's office, which disputed Fuda's facts. The governor's office says the state too has had to make budget cuts.

 

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