Franklin County commissioners will be counting crumbs as they try to balance the county's 2011 budget.
After making some adjustments Monday, the commissioners still were facing $200,000 more in costs than revenues for the proposed $23.2 million budget. They were scheduled to vote on the budget Wednesday, but decided to delay a decision for another week to take another look at estimated revenues.
Closing that gap is required to maintain status quo for the county's Superior Court, juvenile justice and adult drug court. But requests that superior and juvenile court officials made in October to refill positions and restore services that were slashed this year aren't included.
Sharon Paradis, bicounty juvenile justice administrator, said she will have to lay off three people if the commissioners don't add $47,000 to the juvenile justice budget for 2011. That would bring the juvenile justice budget up to about $1.6 million.
And not coming up with about $36,000 for the adult drug court would mean Franklin County residents in the program will not be able to continue next year and no new clients could be added, said Pat Austin, Superior Court administrator.
The county had only about $8,000 budgeted for drug court, which is what it provided this year because community donations helped support the program.
Superior Court also needs $7,000 added to its budget to keep it at its current level, Austin said. That would bring the court's budget to about $495,000.
Commission Chairman Brad Peck said the board would rather fund those expenses from reserves than leave the requests unfunded. But he said they will look for other options to bridge the gap first.
County Administrator Fred Bowen said it's likely that overall revenues have been understated by about $200,000.
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