After months of talks, county commissioners officially gave the thumbs up to the 2010 budget Dec. 17.
The county budget will be down 5.4 percent next year.
It’s the second straight year commissioners have whittled down the budget, with operating costs at $15 million in 2008, $14.48 million in 2009 and down to $13.69 million in 2010 — a nine percent drop between 2008-2010.
Commissioners agreed to cut holiday pay in half for county employees in 2010, but the board avoided layoffs and kept the tax rate steady.
In other business Dec. 17, the group approved 35 mph speed limit signs on Shoal Creek Road and Sims Kidd Road.