Comptroller: Jobs, salaries, insurance on the table for cuts to make Hawkins Co. budget


Hawkins County commissioners are working against a state deadline to pass a balanced budget or face state take over.

The state Comptroller's Office representatives outlined the cuts they will make on Monday if commissioners can't patch the nearly $2 million hole in next year's budget.

They will cut commissioners salary to the minimum, remove county funding for commissioner's insurance, eliminate all contributions to non-profits like the animal shelter and fire departments, pull money from capital projects and maintenance, and trim staff.

The comptroller's office says it would only look at increasing taxes last.

News 5's Cassandra Sweetman is in Rogersville and she'll have more on what commissioners are considering to avoid the July 1 deadline.