Grand Traverse Co. Commissioners Meet To Make Final 2016 Budget Decisions

Grand Traverse County commissioners are meeting Wednesday night to make final decisions about next year’s county budget. The county has worked for months to balance the budget.

Now commissioners will vote on recommendations.

They include significant cuts.

The county faces a $3 million deficit.

On top of it all, they’re working to pay millions more in pension liability.

Wednesday night, county commissioners will be seeing a balanced 2016 budget for Grand Traverse County, however, difficult decisions were made to arrive at this point.

The county will have to use about $500,000 in savings to balance the budget.

Commissioners will also be asked to approve a 4.25 percent cut to county department budgets.

That cut means offices like the sheriff’s department will have less money to work with. Some departments will also be forced to lay off employees.

The county finance director says while these cuts are not easy, they had to be done for the long term financial health of the county.

“We have presented preliminary summary information to the county commissioners yesterday, so not a lot of time, I mean this is coming very late in the budget process, but they will be looking and reviewing that budget and hopefully adopting that budget for our 2016 operation,” says county finance director Dean Bott.

We do expect the commissioners to approve the budget Wednesday night.

We will have the latest on the meeting on 9&10 News at 11.