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Lay-offs Likely In One Lee County Department

Fort Madison, IA – Next year's budget for Lee County could include lay-offs in one department. The Board of Supervisors recently told the Conservation Department to cut $100,000 from next year's budget. To do so, the department proposed moving the Roadside Management Program into the Secondary Roads Department. Chairman George Morgan says that will not save the county any money because another department would have to pay for it. He says, at this point, the Roadside Management Program will be cut from the budget, which means two Conservation Department employees will have to be let go. Lee County's Weed Commissioner is one of the two employees currently included in the Roadside Management budget. That means a conservation employee from a different program may have to be let go to meet the budget cut.