Beaufort County's business license office in Bluffton will cut its hours later this month, and county staff will examine the efficiency of operating offices on both sides of the Broad River.
Bluffton's business-license office, currently open five days a week, will be closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning March 21.
The schedule change was prompted by the departures of three employees and decreased activity at the branch, said deputy county administrator Bryan Hill.
The county is interviewing candidates for the vacant positions, although not all are expected to be filled immediately.
Meanwhile, Hill said, county staff are determining the best way to proceed.
"The question is, should we continue to have staff at Bluffton and Beaufort at the same time?" Hill said. "We are re-evaluating how we do business."
The best use of tax dollars has become key as budgets have tightened.
"All we're trying to do is make everything more efficient," Hill said.
County Council already grappled with cuts this year, and council members spent much of their annual retreat last week discussing how to trim further if property tax revenues drop after next year's reassessment, as projections have suggested.