New on the job, Lewis County's Manager had a warning for lawmakers: prepare for a tighter budget this coming year.
Ryan Piche, hired this past summer, is currently preparing the spending plan that will be unveiled early next month.
According to the Watertown Daily Times, Piche indicated health insurance is the "elephant in the room" causing the most headaches.
The Times reports previous increases in health insurance premiums have already added in nearly three quarters of a million dollars to next year's budget.
Piche told the County Legislature that extra hires will not be in the budget unless legislators vote to exceed the tax cap or raise the tax levy.