More State Cuts Coming For The Basin?

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - These last couple of budget years have seen brutal cuts smashing organizations in the Basin. From school districts to health care, colleges to physical therapy, a lot of money was lost in West Texas.

Now the state is telling all of their agencies to cut back 10% in their spending.

Will that lead to more cuts here?

Permian Basin Community Centers Executive Director, Larry Carroll, hopes not after the cuts they saw last year.

"Altogether, about $780,000 of that we were cut," Carroll said.

Permian Basin Community Centers is the local authority for mental health and mental retardation services.

NewsWest 9 interviewed them last year when the cuts came down.

Following up with them on Wednesday, they're still in that debt and stand to lose even more, getting their money from three different state agencies.

"The Department of State Health Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services," Carrol said.

Carroll hopes this state trimming will stay within the agencies, not trickle down to them.

"The first thing that comes to my mind is I hope it won't happen," he said. "I hope that it is an exercise that the state is going through. That would be, total, another seven hundred and something thousand dollars."

NewsWest 9 confirmed all of the information about the agency cuts from Governor Rick Perry's office.

They told NewsWest 9 the spending trims are more designed to identify ways in which the agencies can save and that this normally happens before a new budget session.

Whether or not these will lead to more cuts here in the Basin has yet to be seen.