Lubbock County Commissioners began their budget drafting process by hearing requests from the department heads.
The initial proposals total $82 million for the next fiscal year.
The current county budget is about $77 million.
Commissioner Bill McCay said with more unfunded mandates and higher utility and fuel costs, projected revenue growth will not be enough to cover all those requests.
“We try to work together as a Commissioners Court with each department and try to work together so that it may be a little tougher, a little tighter than what we all would like,” McCay said, “but trying to live within our means is what we're trying to do.”
The sheriff and medical examiner will present their requests tomorrow.
Commissioner McCay said he and his colleagues will be reviewing each department's budget proposal line by line to try to hold the line on spending.