The Jackson County Legislature Monday adopted the county’s 2009 budget, which is 13 percent less than this year’s budget.

The Jackson County Legislature Monday adopted the county’s 2009 budget, which is 13 percent less than this year’s budget.

The Legislature approved a $678.1 million budget for 2009, down from the 2008 budget of $779.6 million.

Last year’s budget included stadium complex capital improvement and other special funds that did not need to be included this year. But the budget also reflects a decline in projected revenues for 2009, which are expected to be $683.4 million. The biggest hits have been in recording fees on property and collectors fees for outside contracts. Also, property tax and sales tax revenues are down.

All county departments have had to tighten their budgets, cutting back on hiring and, in some cases, positions. In fact, the prosecutor’s office had to eliminate six positions alone.

That general fund expenditures budget is $78.7 million for 2009, down from $82.3 million in 2008.

However, county officials have said residents will not see decreases in the level of services.