JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR -- The Jefferson County Judge offers an explanation of why the financial straits are so dire there.
Declining revenue and decreasing population are reasons the county is seeing nearly $1 million less in the budget.
Judge Dutch King said this didn't happen overnight, and they won't get out of this tight spot overnight.
He has warned department heads they don't have much room to spend outside of necessities.
"We've got to manage our resources. We've got to be frugal in how we spend, and we've got to make good decisions when it comes to spending money," King said.
King said he is focused on improving the roads and bridges in the county.
He said bad thoroughfares could turn away companies looking to go to any community.