WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Commissioners approved a general fund budget of more than $45 million for 2016 — an increase of two percent from the previous year.
Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said even with the increase in the budget, commissioners had to cut $5 million in budget requests.
One department seeing an increase in funding is the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department.
Since the county owns more buildings this year, like the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center and the Talmer Bank building, county officials say more security is needed.
“There’s additional costs that are associated with providing safety for the buildings owned by the county,” said Trumbull County Auditor Adrian Biviano.
Commissioners say the Coroner’s Office will also get an increase in its budget this year, mainly due to the heroin epidemic.
“The heroin epidemic is a problem for everyone in the country, and it’s a big problem for us,” said Commissioner Frank Fuda.
Biviano said, while overdose deaths are on the rise, the county expects many more this year.
“Even though we’ve increased his budget substantially, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be the end of it this year. As you go forward, he may need additional funds,” he said.