The Chairman of Volusia County says the taxpayers can no longer afford to spend $30,000 each year on buying tables at various banquets around the county. Chairman Jason Davis acknowledged that $9,000 in various programs was committed before he took office, but he's fighting to cut another $21,000 in requested money.
"We decided that we're just going to have to put that on hold. We're going to have to go down line by line. What does each Council member want to do?
The county routinely spends between a thousand and $5,000 to buy full tables at various banquets around Volusia County.
"Obviously, we're already sitting here with a budget crunch," says Davis. "We're having discussions about having to save money to keep our libraries open. What about the million dollars for our bus system? We've got to keep our services open."
Next week, the county will meet and decide if any of the expenditures should be kept at all or if the entire program should just be cut, saving the county $21,000. Davis also says they may allow individual commissioners to attend the banquets and get reimbursed as long as the cost is $30 or less.