Clark Co., Ind. faces biggest deficit ever


by WHAS11

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Clark County, Ind. is looking at their biggest deficit ever of $7 million.

"It just amazes me," Karen Robinson, a Clark County resident, said.
Robinson loves living in Clark County but the thought of another tax hike is too much for her.

"I just think it’s crazy especially being out in the county and being annexed into the city our taxes almost tripled," Robinson said.

Some residents like Robinson could be paying as much as an additional $200 in property taxes. County commissioners said the county is short by a lot; $7 million in the hole with nothing in their rainy day fund.

"We don't have a spending problem we have a revenue problem," John Perkins, Clark County Commissioner, said.

Commissioner Jack Coffman was a county council member. Years ago he and the council voted to cut the county's budget which is part of the reason the county is in the red now

Coffman said knowing what he does now, he probably would not have voted the same way. 

We went through Indiana budget records and Clark County has one of the smallest budgets for a county their size.

County costs have gone up but Commissioners say they are stuck with a budget that's too little.

The county can't raise their overall budget without approval from the state. State lawmakers never responded to calls made by WHAS11.

The county said there will not be any layoffs. But you will still help to foot the bill.