Bad news. Hawkins County Mayor Crockett Lee tells the TImes-News the general fund is facing an estimated deficit of a half million dollars. A more concrete deficit figure is pending completion of budget hearings at the end of this week, although the county school system isn’t expected to submit their 2008-09 budget proposal until July.
“We’re going to whittle away what we can, but whether or not we can whittle all the way (to a balanced budget) is yet to be determined,” Lee said. “Everybody wants to look at making ends meet rather than go back to ask for more tax dollars. It’s too premature to talk about that yet.”
Oh, but we will talk about it eventually. We always do. Hawkins County Commissioners have approved property tax increases for four years running (last August there was a .25 cent hike) and here we are again.