SPENCER — Owen County Auditor Sheila Reeves is glad she delayed hiring someone to replace an employee who recently quit.

“I didn’t want to hire someone and then have to let them go,” she said.

And that’s what she would have faced.

During a three-hour meeting fraught with talk of the rural county’s money troubles, Owen County Council members said recent 20% cuts across the board did make a $600,000 dent in the county’s $2 million shortfall in the 2021 budget.

But it wasn’t nearly enough, less than a third of what’s necessary.

© 2022 HeraldTimesOnline, Bloomington, IN