Commissioners in the next month-and-a-half will hold public meetings on the possibility of a quarter-cent sales tax and will decide by the end of June what action to take.
“This is the first time we’ve seen what these cuts look like, and to me, they’re fairly dramatic,” said Commissioner Denise Driehaus, one of two Democrats on the three-member board of commissioners.
A budget for 2019 balanced only on cuts and no tax increase would affect all facets of the county.
Departments could see cuts as high as 17 percent.
That would mean a smaller jail, a reduced re-entry program to help felons back into society and prevent recidivism, less investment in drug treatment in the jails, fewer resources for economic development and a reduced disaster response efforts, Hamilton County administrator Jeff Aluotto said.