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"Good News :)" from Rock Island County

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Rock Island County Administrator, Dave Ross, is happy with employees who erased a 1.3 million dollar deficit from last year's budget. So happy that he included a smiley face :) in his email announcing the good news.

At the end of Rock Island County's fiscal year in November, the general fund showed a surplus of 74,000 dollars instead of the expected shortfall. Ross, says most of the cuts came from not filling vacant jobs.

Ross says this year, the county is implementing new programs to bring in money. For example, Rock Island County has contracted with Commerce Bank to distribute payments to vendors.

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Why cut 200 checks when we can cut one or two checks and get cash back? And we can thank our county auditor for presenting that to us.

County departments have also switched to black and white printing whenever possible, and printing on both sides.

Dave Ross, Rock Island County Administrator
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Dave Ross, Rock Island County Administrator

Ross says everyone worked very hard to "buckle down" and save 1.3  million dollars. And that will continue this year, especially since Illinois is so far behind on paying its bills.

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