The Sheridan County Commissioners approved the County's budget for the fiscal year Tuesday morning. Sheridan County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller says that the $15.7 million budget is considerably less than it was just four years ago.
Obermueller says that two major areas of employee benefits will increase in cost.
Obermueller pointed out that local revenue continues to decline as the overall county valuation dropped by 11 percent from the previous year and stands at almost $437,000. State assessed properties, in particular coal bed methane, declined in value by 40 percent or $62 million.
The County did not have to tap into its reserves to balance the budget, as the general reserves are at $6.8 million.