Saginaw County Sheriff's Department Avoids Cuts 9-21-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw County Sheriff's Department Avoids Cuts 9-21-2010

There will be no cuts to public safety -- at least for another year.
The Saginaw County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday 11 to 4 to take $2.34 million out of a reserve fund and re-appropriate $700,000 from jail reimbursement funds from 2010 and 2011, and put them into the general fund.
About 51 positions across the county were on the chopping block. While some of those jobs still face an uncertain future, no cuts are expected at the sheriff's department.
The $3 million will be enough to avoid any public safety cuts for next year, meaning voters will likely be asked to authorize a public safety millage.
As a part of the amended budget, the commission is going to propose a millage to make up for the difference in public safety funding.
Meanwhile, Midland County Commissioners have approved a wage freeze for non-union employees.
The freeze is part of the county's cost cutting effort and passed by a vote of 5 to 2. Elected officials will be under a pay freeze through next year as well.
Union workers, however, will still receive their scheduled pay increases in 2011.
And Tuesday, the public had a chance to weigh in on cuts coming to Genesee County.
Commissioners are looking to eliminate an anticipated $18 million deficit by cutting 119 jobs. But when things like retirement are factor in, those job cuts really boil down to 64 people possibly heading for the unemployment line.
Decisions impacting those 64 jobs aren't finalized yet. The commission will make a final decision by the end of September.
For more on the Saginaw County budget and averted sheriff's department layoffs, view the video below:
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