SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Minnehaha County Commission is faced with a serious budget shortfall for the second straight year.
Officials say some of the moves made to balance this year's budget may not be available to cover an anticipated shortfall of $3.5 million next year.
Some long-term loans were refinanced last year to save money, but that option is not available this year. Equipment purchases and hiring were delayed last year, but some county officials say those moves cannot be put off any longer.
Officials also say an increase in crime is putting pressure on the county jail, the state's attorney and the public defender.
The budget shortfall has raised questions about the possibility of a county property tax increase or employee layoffs.
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