MADISON - Facing an eventual $2.5 million deficit and a 2019-20 budget that has yet to be adopted, Boone County's elected officials were set to meet on Aug. 12 to discuss any last second efforts that might prevent more layoffs in the form of a 20% cut to budgets across the board on Sept. 1.

During the Boone County Commission's regular session on Aug. 6, the budget was discussed openly.

"We're not going to vote on the final budget until we allow our committee to meet a couple of times," said Commission President Eddie Hendricks.

Commissioner Craig Bratcher recommended asking for help from the West Virginia State Auditor's Office and the West Virginia State Treasurer's Office.

"We can ask for assistance to come in and evaluate what is going on," he said. "I think that is what we need to do is call today."

Prosecuting attorney and county attorney Keith Randolph said he had reached out to the auditor's office with a letter, requesting that they look at Boone County's financial statement.

"Just to give us an idea of where we are now and where we need to be," he said. "That would give us a target number to shoot for."

There was no vote at the meeting regarding a 20% cut to each office within the county.

In other commission news, commissioners voted unanimously to pay the bond payment for the Boone-Raleigh PSD, which stands at $9,476.82, out of reallocated funds.

With the sale of the water-related portion of the business nearly completed to American Water Company, Hendricks spoke about the relief that will provide the county budget.

"Moving forward, we're in the process of being in a better place over there and it shouldn't be much longer that we have to make these bond payments," he said.

The Boone County Commission also recognized the 2019 Scott High Baseball team for the regional championship and appearance in the Class AA state baseball tournament. They also recognized Scott High's Brooke Burns, who is a two-time state track and field champion in shot put. Burns is set to compete and study at Marshall University, while at least four members of the baseball team are competing at the next level. The Boone County Commission honored the Class A 2019 State Champion Sherman High softball team last month for earning the first team championship in school history under coach Jim Henderson.

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