(Cincinnati, Oh.) - Hamilton County officials are being asked to make deeper cuts to their departments to offset a massive budget deficit.
The county commissioners are sending letters to department heads Tuesday, ordering cuts of as much as 30 percent from next year's budgets.
Commissioners say they need to slash $24 million to balance the 2013 budget, because of significant decreases in revenue.
The cuts are expected to include more than 300 Hamilton County employees.
Department heads must return their plans for cuts to the commissioners by August 10. Public hearings on the proposed budget would be held in October with possible passage of the budget coming in November.