Some major budget cuts are on the way for one county in the east and with 4 weeks until the budget is due, more could still be made.
A massive crowd of people piled into the Beaufort County Courthouse Monday night for a public hearing on the budget, which county commissioners tell us is $2,000,000 larger than last year's. Monday night, commissioner Al Klemm's budget resolution was approved by a 4-3 vote, cutting 351,000 dollars. Part of the cuts, were replacement sheriff cars.
Beaufort County Sheriff, Alan Jordan says, "We have some cars with 130- 140,000 miles. We out here trying to do a patrol job where we have to respond to people in emergency situations. Maybe some of these commissioners don't understand that. "
We spoke with teachers who feared the worst for the school system, but they survived this round of cuts. The largest cut came to the department of social services at $180,000 dollars.
With this latest budget approval, the county tax rate is set at $.53 cents per $100 dollars in assessed property value.