EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Vanderburgh County is considering laying off employees, changing insurance programs and reorganizing offices in an effort to close a $2 million budget shortfall.
County officials have cut between $400,000 and $500,000 this year by not filling vacant positions and looking for money in other accounts. But County Council President Tom Shetler tells the Evansville Courier & Press it's time "to look deep."
Leaders across Indiana say the state's property tax caps are causing local governments to collect fewer dollars than anticipated when they levy annual property taxes.
Vanderburgh County officials estimated that the caps would cut about $3 million from normal collections. The amount instead was $5 million.
That means there's less money to run local government, protect public safety, maintain roads and cover other services.
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