Grayson County commissioners are expected to discuss cutting more than one million dollars out of the current budgets expense side Tuesday. The cuts come as the county tries to grapple with lost fees and other revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information in the court's agenda packet for the meeting shows the cuts will be made in most areas of the general fund.
The information shows more than $100,000 worth of cuts from the commissioner's precinct budgets total. A number of the cuts come from salary and benefits line items in various offices and departments and appear to be from money that would have been unused in the budget due to attrition or vacancies.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said everyone was asked to look at their budgets and identify areas that could be cut in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. He said there were no layoffs planned but where people had positions that had not been filled, with the exception of the some spots in the jail, they were told they would likely not be filled this year.
He said in county government, just like a lot of other businesses the biggest expense is the personnel and looked there to see what could be cut while maintaining the staff that they already had. He said everyone pitched in because they could see the writing on the wall that this situation is probably going to get worse before it gets better.
A large junk of the money appears to come from the permanent improve fund with $450,000 taken out for the planned improvements to the county's property at Loy Lake and another $50,000 from the capital improvement contingency line item.
Commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the east courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman. The meeting is also available online at https://www.co.grayson.tx.us/page/co.virtualcc.