Phase four of the 2016 budget for Jim Wells County will chisel additional savings from $600,000 to $700,000, County Judge Pete Trevino projects.

“We are confident that positions won't be cut this time,” Trevino said. “We are hoping by the end of the year, we will be a step in the right direction.” 

At the Commissioner's Court meeting Friday, the court approved Phase 4 to once again reduce the budget. Each department is being asked to reduce their expenditures to coincide with 2015 budget. Phase 4 is expected to save from $600,000 to $700,000.

That total with Phase 1 to 3 totals of $660,000 in savings should being the county grand total in savings to about $1.2 million. 

Trevino said the goal is to cut about $2.2 million.

“Monies in other line items we know we aren't going to use, that will help us,” he said. “I want to let our constituents know we are trying to do as much as we can.”

Trevino said by the end of the year, the county will see where the budget is and if needed, might have to raise taxes.

“We are trying to do more with less,” he said. “If we can spend less than $15 million, we will be good.”

Trevino said sales tax revenue is $1.7 million less than last year.

“It's been tough,” Trevino said.

The court also rescinded prior action to hire lobbyist with EMC Strategy Group, LLC., withdrawing its proposal of $3,000 a month for contractual work.