Summit County begins the process of putting together its 2012 budget tonight.
County spending continues to drop - nearly seven percent this time, with a proposed budget of $488 million for 2012. Spending was $524 million last year.
But though there've been encouraging signs, such as an increase in sales and property conveyance tax revenues, property values are down over 8 percent, which means less money for the county.
And decreasing local government revenues from the state will add to the problem as well.
The county is expected to use some of its reserves to balance the 2012 budget, but probably won't dip into the $25 million "rainy day fund".
Between now and December 5th, county agencies will make their budget presentations, with approval of a budget expected to happen at the last county council meeting of the year, on December 12th.
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