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Potter Co. Budget

Ryan Cody

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX--For at least one more year, Potter County's budget will be in the red.

A special meeting was held Monday for the Potter County judges to discuss the upcoming fiscal year's budget.

And this year the deficit is expected to be somewhere around $1.3 million, which is up around $300,000 from last year.

"We have made cuts in the budget but we have additional costs that have caused the budget to increase. Our insurance on this Obama plan is costing us an additional $276,000," Judge Arthur Ware said.

That increase in insurance is one thing that could not be cut out of the budget.

The good news from the meeting is that taxpayers will not see a tax increase this next year.

And the Potter County commissioners say a tax increase is always a last resort.

But all things considered, ware believes the problem isn't as bad as it seems.

"We are in very good financial shape. Which is more than I can say for the federal government," Ware said.

The budget should be finalized some time next week.

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