Though the Custer County budget has yet to be formally submitted for approval by the county commission, it has already seen cuts. According to the Custer County Chronicle, the initial budget estimate of $8.8 million has been reduced to $8,281,416, with an expected county revenue of $8,274, 106 in 2017.
Cuts to the budget included a number of factors, particularly a lower than anticipated cost of health insurance increase for county employees. Though the insurance cost hikes seem to be off trend for 2017, Custer County Auditor Nancy Christianson stated that the cost to cover employees has doubled from $307,800 to $620,000 since 2007.
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