State Departments Look For Efficiencies to Cope with Budget Cuts

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Budget cuts mean different things for different agencies because some create their own revenue.
Parks and Recreation funds 60 percent of their maintenance budget from park admissions.
“With that, when we get to a budget cut, that puts more strain on our revenues and where they go, but it does give us the ability to be a little more masters of our destiny,” says Jesse Hanson, Parks and Rec
The department’s budget will be cut about 2.1 million dollars.
To cope, a campground project planned for an area near Lake Sakakawea will have to wait for better times.
“That demand is there but again, we had to give up something.” says Hanson
Other departments rely 100 percent on state funding like North Dakotas Tax Department. 
Ryan Rauschenberger says they plan on cutting back on the the million dollars they spend on printing and postage each biennium.
“Tax billings that we have that go out for tax payers.. we’re looking for efficiencies there,” says Rauschenberger
Their budget is cut by 3.8 million dollars.
No jobs will be cut, but there are 8 job openings that will remain vacant to save money on salary.
“We will have fewer people in the sense that we wont be filling those positions that we have open.  So leaving those positions open means that essentially we will have to be more efficient when it comes to tax payer services,” says Rauschenberger
The Parks and Rec Department and the Highway Patrol will also hold off on filling vacant positions.
A spokesman with the Patrol says even though they will not fill the vacant positions, their mission to provide safe and secure highways will remain the same.

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