Clark County Commissioners Defer to Council

by Devin Katayama on August 5, 2011

Clark County, Indiana is relying on a lawsuit to help close its $1.2 million budget deficit. The council will decide on Monday how it wants to save the county from default.

Clark County cut property tax 25 percent in 2007 when the county had a budget surplus. Now, it’s filed suit to ask for around $3 million back.

“Almost every count will run in the red at some time or another and right now we are in the red. That happens quite frequently throughout the state,” said Kevin Vissing, president of the Clark County Council.

The county is relying on property tax and the pending lawsuit to help solve its problems.

“If the lawsuit doesn’t work out we’re likely to come up short. If it does work out we’re likely to make ends meet,” said Vissing.

Pressure from the county commissioners requested the council to come up with a solution that would prevent around 200 layoffs. Vissing said the council is likely to request borrowing money at Monday’s meeting.

The council tried suing the Department of Local Government Financing once before for over $7 million dollars. That amount was rejected.

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