Winnebago County 2019 budget nearly $3 million in the red

Winnebago County is projecting a nearly $3 million deficit for its 2019 budget year, which starts October 1. A majority of that comes from public safety, which includes the Sheriff’s Department budget.

That figure was presented Thursday night for the first time to the Winnebago County Finance Committee. The county also says it’s heading into that fiscal budget in the red. It says it’s projecting a $1.28 million shortfall for this year, which ends September 30.

However, that’s not as much of a deficit as the county had at the end of the 2017 budget. Still it means county board members will have to make some cuts.

“If we were in a balanced budget situation then probably everything that’s presented would be pretty acceptable but when we know we have to make cuts then it makes you take a little harder look at the needs of each department,” said Carla Paschal, the Winnebago County Administrator and CFO.

The county board is planning multiple meetings with department heads from across the county to look at potential savings opportunities for the fiscal year 2019 budget. Those meetings start over the next month.

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