While other items will be on the Delaware County commissioners' agenda on March 30, the main discussion will center on the county's 2009 budget and how to balance it without cutting jobs or reducing services.

While other items will be on the Delaware County commissioners' agenda on March 30, the main discussion will center on the county's 2009 budget and how to balance it without cutting jobs or reducing services.

Commissioners changed the starting time of the meeting from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. to give them as much time as needed to achieve their goal.

The county budget commission -- the county auditor, recorder and prosecutor -- met on March 2 and reduced its 2009 revenue estimate by $3.55-million, lowering it from $47.5-million to $43.95-million.

The commissioners moved $933,377 out of a county reserve fund and into the general fund at their March 5 meeting, bringing the 2009 anticipated revenue back up to $44.88-million.

With $9-million in carryover funds added to the anticipated revenue, the commission has enough money to fund the $53.5-million budget passed by the previous commission in December.

Dipping into that rainy day fund will leave a carryover of just $319,313 going into 2010, according to a report prepared by commissioner Todd Hanks and given to his fellow commissioners at their March 26 meeting.

After studying county revenue accounts for the past three weeks, Hanks is proposing moving more money into the general fund that would bring the carryover balance to nearly $4.8-million on Dec. 31.

Commission vice president Ken O'Brien balked at the report, saying he was expecting more, something they could turn into a resolution to pass at Monday's meeting.

With what he was given the commissioners will need to go "line by line in a four-inch thick budget" to come up with a solution, he said.

"This would get us into a positive state, a quick fix for 2009," Hanks said, "but we still need to look at 2010."

He said he could have gone further in his report but said it was best if the commissioners made any further changes "in public session."

"We will do what we have to do to get it accomplished," said commission president Tommy Thompson.

"We'll make the cuts that we have to make in order to go forward," he said.

Those cuts, in his opinion, will not include lost jobs or reduced services.

"I believe that is counter-productive," Thompson said. "Why lay off people when you want your sales taxes to go up and you've taken the spendable capital out of their pocket? It makes no sense."

He said, "Our service needs go up during difficult financial times, so any cut in services would have a much greater effect right now."

Hanks is suggesting commissioners move money out of four revenue funds and into the general fund to increase the carryover for 2010. Those funds are emergency services capital, infrastructure development, property and casualty insurance and health insurance.

Hanks also proposes cutting two accounts on the expenditure side of the budget -- property and casualty insurance, and motor and gas interest.