In the midst of declining sales tax revenue, Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said she is considering “every available option” to see to it that county operations continue as normal and said that furloughs for employees could be possible.

According to Walker County Financial Officer Greg McConnell, the county is facing a budget shortfall of some $1.7 million.

The ailing economy is blamed for the revenue shortfall as more and more people across the county have tightened their belts on spending due to job losses.

Heiskell said the difficulty with finding new ways of cutting department operating budg-ets is that these budgets are already bare bone.

Last week, it was announced that Catoosa County would begin furloughing employees one day per pay period. Because they are paid every two weeks, this amounts to a reduction of four hours per week.

Walker County Messenger