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Trumbull Commissioners told to trim county budget by $1.5 million

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Trumbull County commissioners are weighing their options after learning they need to make cuts to the county's 2017 budget.

County Auditor Adrian Biviano says they need to cut $1.5 million. Departments began presenting their 2017 budget proposals last week.

That's when Commissioner Frank Fuda told 21 News it's time for the county to consider a sales tax increase of a quarter of a percent.

Commissioner Dan Polivka says he's still analyzing the situation, but insists county leaders need to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars before asking for additional money.

Counties in Ohio will no longer be able to tax medicare services beginning next summer. Couple that with cuts to the local government fund in recent years and Biviano says the general fund will be down about $7 million.

"We're going to have to limit capitol expenditures, unnecessary items, such as cosmetic items, that we just can't afford to fund at this point in time," Biviano said.

The county's been able to maintain services, but sales tax revenue isn't seeing much growth.

"We've been able to maintain services and maintain operations even with those cuts, but needless to say costs continue to rise and our choice is either to increase revenue or decrease expenses," he said.

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