Fiscal Court Presentations & Agency Unity

Five agencies that receive funding from Warren County presented their cases before the fiscal court on March 23, 2007.

Soil and Water Conservation, Cooperative Extension, Capitol Arts, Primary Care and The Human Rights Commission all gave presentations about what they do for the community.

The agencies also discussed what a funding cut would mean for them.

Warren County is facing a $3 million shortfall due to state and federally mandated, but unfunded projects.

The county's Budget and Revenue Committee first proposed an insurance premium tax, but was killed due to public out-cry.

The Budget and Revenue Committee is now going over possible funding cuts for the departments and agencies.

"When funds are short, when funding is finite you have to make different choices and we felt that it was in the best interest of the court to hear from these agencies as to exactly what benefits we get, how much detriment to lose these services if those agencies are cut," said Mike Buchanon, the Warren County Judge-Executive.

The county's Budget and Revenue Committee will also look over each department's budget to see if cuts can be made.

Several non-profits are banding together to see what they can do
about the possible cuts.

Operation P.R.I.D.E. is working to give all of the non-profit agencies in Warren County a voice as they face possible budget cuts from the fiscal court.

"The nonprofits in this town we all work so hard at what we do, but we don't communicate with each other as well as we'd like to," said Karen Hume, with Operation P.R.I.D.E.

A group of around 15 representatives from different agencies gathered to discuss what they do for the community.

One thing they all discovered is that only a few of their services overlap.

"From cradle to grave, we use that. We have childcare; we have programs at the library for children and for adults. We have community education; we have the welfare center that takes care of people that are indigent that need assistance," Hume said.

They also discussed what services the community would lose if any of the agencies had to close their doors.

"We need to be louder and get our message out there to the public more and let our community know exactly what we're doing and what will be lost or our services go away or are cut," Hume said.

All of those in attendance agreed to work together to continue to have a voice in the community and to have it heard.

To view a copy of each presentation given today by four of the five agencies, click the links below:
Primary Care
Capitol Arts
Coorperative Extension
Soil and Water Conservation