Wake cuts budget with unanimous vote

RALEIGH Wake County Comissioners voted 7-0 to amend the 2008-2009 budget and cut $23 million.

Those cuts will impact key services in Wake County.

To see a complete list of budget cuts, click here.

The $23 million cut represents about 4 percent of the current budget. The county will fill the budget hole in a number of ways: many currently-vacant positions will remain unfilled.

Things like travel by county employees will be eliminated for the most part.

The Wake County School System is also not using about $5.7 million that it was allocated. Wake Technical Community College will also return a few hundred thousand dollars.

County leaders say no one will be fired in the 2008-2009 budget amendment.

"There is no job loss, no critical service areas that are being impacted," Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley said.

That could be a different story when it comes to next year's budget, for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Department heads have already had to prepare budgets for next year that indicate how they would trim 10 percent if need be.

It could mean ambulances in operation 24 hours a day, be parked for 12 hours. The sheriff's office might also have to lay off more than 120 people and the library system might have to cut 27 jobs and close five branches.

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