The continuing recession is impacting governments from the federal level all the way down to the county, and that means budget cuts.
Pitt county is working to cut two million dollars. Department heads had until Friday to submit their plans to cut expenses.
Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says he's gone through his budget line by line and will return one-million dollars but says that includes cutting five positions. Manning says, "I mean it's going to be painful and I hope we don't have to sustain these types of cuts into the next budget year or the year after."
Pitt County schools will need to send back just over $330,000.
The director of social services in the county has made cuts and is hoping the stimulus money of nearly $900,000 will come thru to aide with medicaid.
Pitt County is under a hiring freeze, travel freeze, and spending freeze unless an application is sent to the county manager for an exception.