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Accounting mistake roils Carroll County

April 10, 2008
An error that led Carroll County officials to think more money was available than they actually had is stirring heated emotions and demands for steep budget cuts.

Earlier this week, commissioners in the county east of Lafayette OK'd cutting the budget by $1.8 million in order to reach a state mandate to not exceed a budget of $5 million, according to The Journal & Courier of Lafayette.

However, Superior and Circuit Court judges say they won't follow through with $90,000 in cuts demanded of them unless the state Supreme Court takes away some of their constitutionally mandated work. If the court gets the break, the county might compensate by taking away an additional $90,000 from departments already suffering from cutbacks.

To balance the budget, county officials are cutting emergency services and reallocating bridge repair funds to general expenses.

The problem surfaced after officials mistakenly added investments into the general fund.

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