WELCH, W.Va. — Members of the McDowell County Commission are set to meet Wednesday and try to make a decision about this year’s budget, but still don’t know if they can avoid further cuts.
With an operating budget of $4.9 million this year, the expenses have so far exceeded the revenue, forcing the county to consider cuts in personnel and salaries as well as putting off paying bills.
“We’ve got a tough road ahead of us,” said Commissioner Cody Estep Friday. “We are looking at everything. We are in a critical situation.”
Commissioners recently postponed a decision on the budget until Wednesday, when they hope the county will have a better grip on expected income from the coal severance tax and personal property tax. …