Departments to cut 30 percent
All Catawba departments were asked to cut 30 percent of their budget in light of the town’s financial problems.
Interim Town Manager Eric Davis asked department heads to revisit their respective budgets and highlight expenditures that can be eliminated.
“It’s not anything definitive yet,” said Catawba Mayor Vance Readling. “But they just need to find possible ways they can cut their budgets.”
Readling said Council’s next move will be to address the department heads’ possible cuts and vote to make those cuts.
Catawba’s top three expenditures for fiscal year 2010-11 include the fire department, administration costs and the police department.
The fire department was Catawba’s only department not to receive a designated decrease for fiscal year 2010-11, according to former Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe’s budget message.
“(Cuts to the fire department’s budget) haven’t been discussed yet, but they’re going to be,” Readling said.