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Monroe County Council Still Working To Cut Back On Spending

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The Monroe County Council held its last day of budget hearings September 19th. The Council continued to push departments to cut back on spending next year.

At the beginning of the final hearing, County Treasurer Cathy Smith asked for permission to hire a fifth full-time employee for her office.

“Frankly we have a lot of new work and have our hands full,” Smith said, “The only way we can keep a balanced budget with the new requirements is if we cut an employee.”

Although Smith said the fifth position was necessary, due partly to new state and county laws that require more work from