Floyd Co. facing budget crisis

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Floyd County officials say as their fiscal year nears an end, they are way over budget.

"We are under the gun with more going out than is coming in," said Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall.

The judge-executive says one of the biggest problems is jail overcrowding. Another is the high cost of repairing roads.

"We have all kinds of problems that come up or arise when you least expect them," said Marshall.

Officials say they are working to trim spending wherever they can, as quickly as they can. If they do not do something by summer, they may not be able to afford county payroll.

"Things that require a great deal of money and they have to be paid on time," said Marshall.

Officials say if they don't figure something out by the end of this fiscal year on June 30 layoffs may occur, but they say they are remaining optimistic they can pull through.

"I feel that it's not as gloom as a lot of people think. We're going to stay positive throughout," said Marshall.

They say worst case scenario, the state could take over, bringing huge cuts to services and layoffs for several county employees. They say they are doing whatever they can to avoid that.

"We will be okay. We will. We will survive," said Marshall

They hope to have a plan in place before the next fiscal court meeting on April 20.

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