Lower budget for Lawrence Co., but most jobs safe | News
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- Almost all Lawrence County employees' jobs
are safe as county commissioners get close to finalizing the 2014 budget.
During Thursday's budget meeting, it was
revealed the proposed budget comes in about $400,000 less than the 2013 budget.
The commissioners made cuts to make it lower, but said it will not affect
One part-time position in the county's
archives department will be eliminated, they said.
"It is a victory that we did not have to cut
employees and their hours. That means we've been working diligently through
this process of getting everything in line for next year so we won't have to
borrow $400,000 next year," said Commissioner Joey Hargrove.
Lawrence County had to borrow money to get
through the current fiscal year, in part because of unexpected costs.
"Believe that we will be able to go into next
year, hopefully, with a surplus, not in 2014 but in 2015, because we know in
the coming year, [International Paper] will be closing, and we will be ready
for that," said Hargrove.
Commissioners expect to approve the 2014
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