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Iowa DOT says it will close facilities due to reduced budget

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The Iowa Department of Transportation says it is closing two driver's license stations and seven maintenance garages because of reduced budget funding from the Iowa Legislature.

The department announced the closings Tuesday. An agency spokeswoman says the changes do not include layoffs, but 67 open positions will be permanently removed.

The closings will affect 28 employees, but those workers will be given the option to relocate to other DOT locations.
The department sought $9.7 million in additional dollars from the Iowa Legislature for the budget year that began in July. Lawmakers approved half the money, despite the department predicting it would affect agency services.

The driver's license stations are in Spencer and Carroll. The maintenance garages are in Sabula, Akron, Soldier, Corning, Gowrie, Rock Valley, and Centerville.

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