The new Frederick County budget is cutting funds from some programs and boosting funds for others.
While the sheriff, professional fire and rescue, and public assistance programs will get less money with the new budget, volunteer fire departments and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission will be getting more than they had last year. Despite the changes, local residents are still happy with the state of the county.
Resident, Edward Ganoe, said, "We don't have the drive bys or anything like that that you have in the city."
Ganoe has lived in Frederick County for about 40 years. He says he's satisfied with the services the county offers.
"We have one of the nicest hospitals around. I've been to it and used its facilities," Ganoe.
Local residents say it's areas like Sherando Park that are drawing them and people from all over the country to visit Frederick County.
Sasha Rehm, a local resident, shared, "It seemed really family-focused. There are a lot of nice community parks and community events. We've heard great things about the schools, so we're excited to get our kids started."
Rehm recently moved to the area. She says the county has a lot of the things she looks for in a community including good health care.
"We prefer family practice. That was nice that there are a lot of options like that and there's a great medical community," she continued.
Trying to keep up with that image will be a challenge for the county with cuts to public safety, health and welfare, and community development. Combined, these areas of the budget were reduced by more than $300,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. Despite the changes, residents say they like living here, though they would like to see more money to go toward roads and schools.
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