BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/11/19 @ 3:30 p.m.
Layoffs are coming to Boone County after a major cut in the budget for 2019, according to County Administrator Pam White.
The budget for the 2019 year is $7.2 million, which is more than a $1 million decrease from last year's $8.5 million budget.
Outside agencies that work with the county will see an 18 percent budget cut for 2019. County offices will have a budget cut of eight percent.
White said layoffs will be unavoidable, and county commissioners will meet with elected officials to work out a plan for the coming year.
The budget will go into effect July 1, 2019.
ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/19
Boone County Commission voted Tuesday on the 2019 budget.
The budget for the 2019 year is $7.2 million, which is over a $1 million decrease from last year's budget, $8.5 million.
President of Boone County commission, Eddie Hendricks, said this year the county was $1 million short on just tax revenues which is why they had to cut the budget.
Hendricks says due to the few coal mines in business and the lack of tax dollars, the commission had no other choice.
"We were getting ready for this three or four years ago. Just now it's been expedited by the fact that the coal companies are gone," said Hendricks.
But Hendricks said he is not giving up on the county.
"We're not going to give up the county. We're going to fight and we're going to figure out a way to get it done and revitalize this whole county," said Hendricks.
The budget will go into affect July 1, 2019.
The Boone County Commission says they will be discussing over the next few months what adjustments will need to be made as a result of the budget cut.