Reality check approaching for Clark County budget

first_imgMost residents of Clark County won’t notice the impacts of the $21.6 million in cuts and fund transfers proposed to balance the 2017-2018 budget. But county officials say that a lack of revenue and rising expenses for the county, largely from labor, could cause services to be cut in coming years.“This has been building for more than a decade,” Deputy County Manager Bob Stevens said. “For 15 years now, we have been incrementally dealing with the fact that revenues are a tiny bit shorter than our expenses.”Each budget cycle, he said, the county has had to come up with short-term fixes that don’t address how the county is structurally unable to raise enough money to cover its expenses.“We’ve put off maintenance, we’ve put off saving for the future with new buildings,” he said. “These are things that are going to compound and come home to roost.”County figures project expenses to rise 3.2 percent annually between 2016 and 2020 to cover the rising costs associated with employee retirement and medical costs. Wages and benefit costs are projected to rise $7 million in 2016 alone.last_img read more