The Delaware County commissioners on July 27 followed through with previously announced plans to cut $162,000 from the 2009 budget.

The Delaware County commissioners on July 27 followed through with previously announced plans to cut $162,000 from the 2009 budget.

The cuts are needed to beef up the cash reserves during a time of economic upheaval that has seen some county revenues, specifically interest income, take a nose dive.

County administrator Dave Cannon worked with department heads and elected officials in recent months to find ways to cut their budgets without laying off employees or cutting services.

The sheriff offered to cut more than the $2,700 included in the cuts, Cannon said, but, "I told him that was not necessary at this time."

"It is significant that people are willing to do this. ... I am thankful they are willing to look at these cuts and keep services where they are," said commission president Tommy Thompson.

"These cuts are imperative and important," said commission vice president Ken O'Brien.

Cuts for the remainder of this year eliminate some training and travel costs, and a reduce costs for contracted services and printing. The emergency medical services departments cut $20,000 in overtime and $40,000 for safety services. The juvenile court cut $40,000 in foster care services.

Based on revised revenue projections from the county's budget commission, which include the cuts passed Monday, the county will end 2009 with unencumbered reserves of $1.82-million.