"The budget in Craig County is always challenging just because of the limited resources that are over there, but this year is a little more complicated," says County Administrator Richard Flora.

While every locality seems to struggle at budget time, Craig County has a unique set of challenges.

The wide-open spaces and rolling mountains that seem perfect for a postcard make set setting up shop for a business, difficult.

Meaning the tax base is limited.

"Last year, we adopted the budget and actually took some money out of fund balance to actually balance it, so yeah, we can't do that again that's just not a good policy. So, there will probably be a 2-cent tax increase," he says.

Flora says if the increase goes through that will mean about 95-thousand dollars for ordinary expenses such retirement and insurance rate increases for county employees.

Explains Flora, "In Craig County, 95-thousand is a good piece of change to work with- it's not a huge amount of money, but it's enough."

But, for the seniors who make up the majority of county's population, it could be a stretch.

"How will that affect you?" asks the reporter. "It will affect me pretty much. I mean two-cents doesn't sound like a whole lot, but you know.. but when you don't make much, it's a whole lot,"says Pam McPherson laughing.

Resident R.B. Combs agrees, "Like I said, I don't like it, but there ain't nothing I can do about it. If they going to raise it, they going to raise it."

There's two more work sessions including one Thursday night at 5:30.

A public hearing is scheduled for April 17th.