CUTTING THE BUDGETS IN HARRIS COUNTY!

Tightening the belt was the tone of the Harris County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday morning.

County departments and law enforcement agencies got the word those 10% budget cuts are real ordered by Budget Director Dick Raycraft.

Preliminary budgets were unveiled this morning at the meeting.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia took by getting 6% less than he asked for but it was more than his 2010 annual budget.

Garcia asked for a $415 milliom budget but was given $398 million to run his department.

Some Constables and other departments were slashed by 10%.

Precinct 7 Constable May Walker says she will have to run her budget on $6 rather than the $7 million she had last year.  That means fewer deputies will focus on the civil process and employees will be cut to a 32 hour work week at Precinct 7.

A final vote on the budget is expected next month on March 8th!

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