Chesterfield faces $30M budget shortfall

By Gene Petriello
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield county leaders will once again take a close look at a multi-million dollar shortfall in their budget.

In just a few weeks, the budget will be finalized. But until then, talk of cuts are a plenty.

More than $30 million - that's the shortfall Chesterfield county leaders are staring at this morning. That's a lot of money and that means some very tough decisions will have to be made soon.

The problem runs deep this year. Services are on the chopping block and so are jobs. County leaders will weigh those options as they near the deadline for a final 2011 fiscal year budget.

The problem will really be felt in the human services area. As it stands now, the county library system, which serves thousands of people, will be cutting its budget by $1.5 million.

That means big changes - possibly cutting hours and closing for one day during the week and a reduction in the materials, like books.

Some parents are hoping it doesn't come to that:

"A kid's last minute book report got to be done, and you can't get some information- you know kids always wait until the last minute to do stuff," said Brian Lawrence.

Meanwhile, another $1.6 million needs to be cut from parks and rec, meaning historical sites may close, activities cut off and more than 30 full and part-time jobs would be eliminated.

Nothing is set in stone yet - the final budget for the county will be finalized in April.

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