Commissioners in Muskegon County are cutting $4.9 million from the 2018 general fund budget.

That reduction was approved just last week, and those cuts impact nearly every county department.

Muskegon County Administrator Mark Eisenbarth says the budget reduction leads to the elimination of 11 positions, several of which are currently open.

Some of the cuts are the result of voters in Muskegon County rejecting a new "Youth and Family" millage in November.

Eisenbarth said he sees significant economic development in cities and townships in the county. That should eventually improve the county's finances.

"It's just going to take a little bit longer for the county to see that difference in taxes -- from property tax, or from business tax," said Eisenbarth.

"I feel very positive Muskegon County is growing, expanding, but we've got to make these necessary cuts to withstand our shortfall now."

Last week, the county began closing the Brookhaven Medical Facility. The skilled nursing center needed nearly $2 million general fund dollars annually in order to remain open.

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