HARRISVILLE - Following a requisite public hearing, the Alcona County Board of Commissioners approved the county's 2013 budget in a regular meeting on Wednesday.
Alcona County's final general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year stands at $4,568,031, up about 2.6 percent from 2012. The board posted the budget for public review two weeks ago and received no public comment then or at the meeting, and board Chair Kevin Boyat said overall, finalizing the budget over the past four weeks was a "good process," with no complaints from department heads.
He said the sheriff department took the biggest hit, as it will need to lay off two officers next year since the county twice voted down a millage for the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team. Without the millage money, Boyat said, the department will lose one officer in the beginning of the year and another six months later.
"We'll have the same contract for roughly the first six months (of 2013)," he said. "We had enough money for rougly six months of keeping one officer up there."
HUNT is still contractually obligated to serve all four of its constituent counties to receive state grant funding, but without a local officer on the team, Boyat said Alcona will probably only receive services in emergency situations.
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