Hamilton County Commissioners held their first public budget hearing last night but the refrain was nothing new.
Board President Greg Hartmann reiterated that the while public safety is a priority, the Sheriff's office has to contribute to across the board cuts. But, Hartmann says, those cuts won't include closing the jail, reducing courtroom security or terminating contracts with townships for sheriff patrols.
He adds he believes the county is bumping up to the edge of what it can afford and what services it is mandated to provide.
The board has two more public hearings. They are: