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Black Hawk County officials eye layoffs

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Some Black Hawk County workers may soon be seeing pink slips.  It's due to budget cuts county supervisors are implementing due to lower revenues.  County officials say they've done as much as they can to limit the number of layoffs.  But they say it may be inevitable for at least two departments because there just isn't enough revenue to keep all positions funded.  The county is looking at a $440,000 shortfall in the Treasurer's office and a $120,000 shortfall in the Recorder's office.

The work continues at the Black Hawk County Courthouse but there may soon be fewer county workers to do those jobs.  At the recorder's office, 1 of the department's 10 positions will go away July 1st.

"I was told I have to cut $50,000 out of my expenditures. The majority of my expenses is in salaries and benefits so that left me no choice but to eliminate one position," said Black Hawk Co. Recorder Judy McCarthy.

McCarthy says it may force her to trim office hours to the public so that workers can meet state filing deadlines.  County supervisors say they've shifted money around to save jobs.

"In reality, it should be 3 people but due to some things, the way we did our budget this year, we're able to cut it down to one person," said chairman of the Black Hawk County Supervisors Craig White.

3 jobs could be lost at the Treasurer's office.  It must cut $185,000 from its budget.  The Treasurer and Recorder's offices are the first to see layoffs.  Other departments have lost people through attrition.

"We are the two offices that bring the money in and it does sem that, it's kind of difficult. It's just her and I that are laying off but I guess it has to be somewhere," said McCarthy.

Supervisors say it's possible no-one would lose their jobs if enough people quit or retire before June 30th.  As for the services those departments provided, officials say it won't cost you any more money but it may cost you time by waiting in line longer.  County officials say this may just be the first round of cuts.  They're still waiting to see what the state legislature decides.

Multimedia JournalistBob Waters

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