Athens County Leaders Discuss Next Year’s Budget

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The Athens County Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss the budget for next year. 

Commissioners Lenny Eliason and Larry Payne heard from a number of county agencies to discuss their needs for the upcoming year in order to estimate how much money will be needed in 2013.

Some of those Athens County agencies included Children's Services, the 9-1-1 Center and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District.

Representatives from juvenile and probate courts said they expect to need more money, due to a recent Supreme Court ruling, which projects an increase in demand for court appointed council.

Ann Trout, clerk of courts, also asked for an increase in her budget in order to hire more employees.

She said that in the past, less money had meant fewer employees, forcing her staff to work extra hours on weekends.

The commissioners are waiting for additional information from the Athens County Budget Commission before making final decisions.