Buena Vista County staff could be facing wage and hiring freezes in the next year, along with possible cuts in overtime for highway workers due to falling farm and home property valuations.
The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors opened a discussion Tuesday morning at a special session to begin looking for ways to increase revenue and decrease spending to avert what one board member likened to California's budget woes.
Karen Strawn, Buena Vista County auditor, told the board that there may be a projected 29-percent drop in the agricultural valuations in the county which translates to more than $880,000 down from this year's budget.
Supervisor Jim Gustafson told the board that it should be prepared to make decisions not everyone, county employees and residents alike, were going to like.
"In all my years on the board," he said. "I have never seen it this bad," he said.
But the board's job isn't to just please the county workers, said supervisor Lorna Burnside.
"The job of this board is to work countywide." she said.