GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed budget items at its regular meeting Thursday.

The commission moved its regular meeting from Friday, and discussed a current draft of the 2018 budget in a work session prior to the meeting. The commission reviewed the budget and made changes. Another budget work session is planned for next week.

Crawford County Fire District No. 1 Fire Chief Mike Ryan delivered a request from the district’s board of trustees to raise the district mill rate by 1.5 mills for its 2018 budget. One mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Ryan said the increase was needed to help offset the rising costs of services — such as fuel, utilities and vehicle maintenance — as well as an increased number of calls. He said the district has received four times more calls over the past few years.

“I have no doubt that you guys need it,” Commissioner Tom Moody said. “You guys go to a lot of calls and do a lot of service”

Moody and Commissioner Carl Wood expressed reservations about authorizing the increase, citing that other taxing districts may want to follow suit. No official action was taken on the proposed increase. The commission will report back to Ryan.

County Clerk Don Pyle reported that the fiscal office has been crunching numbers on changing employee deductions for health insurance costs. Pyle presented possible new deductions to the commission for review.

Deadlines to submit sealed bids for the construction of two buildings for the county road and bridge department is 10 a.m. Friday. The bids will be opened by the commission 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Becky Gray, from the City of Pittsburg, will attend the July 28 commission meeting to discuss a housing incentive district. Community Corrections Director Mac Young will also attend the meeting to discuss the revised community corrections budget.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.