Facing a $10.3 million shortfall for the Community Mental Health budget that commissioners say is due to underfunding from the state, Washtenaw County will avoid cutting services by cutting $2.63 million from the general fund through decreasing employee compensation and employer medical benefit costs. A hiring freeze is already in place. Additional funding will be cut from within the administration, including modifying the County’s downtown Ann Arbor office lease. The funding shortfall will be offset by utilizing $2 million from the 2017 mental health millage tax. These and other budget recommendations were passed unanimously in a meeting on August 22. Although personnel will be affected, the plan is that services offered to citizens will not suffer with a final 2020 Washtenaw County budget approval date scheduled for October 1.
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