The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District has secured a road map to follow for the remaining three months of the fiscal year.
The board of directors approved a budget for 2011-12 that left the district about $36,000 in the red.
Board president Joe Petersen was eager to make cuts in the budget to ease the bottom line.
"Without some serious decision tonight, we're not going to make a dent in this," he said.
A few ideas were tossed out casually, including cutting Watermaster and attorney hours. Closing the offiice and storing records in an offiste storage unit to cut the rent payment were also considered.
Currently a part time clerk works in the office to answer phones and seek out new customers to buy water from the district.
Closing the office would cut that new position.
In the end, the directors voted 3-1 to approve the budget as is, with Petersen opposed. Director Marden Wilbur was not present. The board plans to cut budget items where possible in the next three months.
The board thanked Steve Raddigan for his help in creating the budget, and encouraged others to offer assistance as they are able.
"It's gonna take people from the public to help us," said Director Joe Valente.
At next month's meeting, the board will address proposed budgets for both a wet and dry year in 2012-2013.
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