Natrona County financial picture brighter

Casper, Wyo. – Natrona County officials say the county's financial picture may not be as bleak as they feared.

Tom Doyle is Natrona County treasurer. He tells county commissioners that the projected revenue drop for the fiscal year that starts in July probably will be below 20 percent. Earlier he had projected a 27-percent drop based on state revenue projections.

Commission Chairman Rob Hendry says the new estimate doesn't eliminate the county's fiscal crisis but raises hope it won't be quite so bad.

Natrona Sheriff Mark Benton had warned last week that his department would have to lay off about one-third of its 159 employees to satisfy the 27-percent budget cut.