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County supervisors continue making cuts during budget hearings

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV)- Woodbury County supervisors continue to trim their budget for the next fiscal year.
Tuesday, some cuts came from requests made by the county's emergency services. The board cut a $70,000 request  by Director of Emergency Management Gary Brown to cover hiring a new staff member to help with workload. "He's going to retire soon, and he's going to need someone to cross train there," said George Boykin, Board Chair. "We understand that and know that, but our budget crunch still dictates that we have to cut in some places, and that was one of them."
The board also raised the amount of money in the liability allocation fund from $1-million to $1.5-million That was done to cover lawsuits.
Despite the changes, Boykin is pleased with the progress made on the budget. "We've made a lot of positive progress here," said Boykin. "We've cut quite a bit of substantial amount of money out of these budgets without having to lay off people or reduce services."
Budget hearings resume next Tuesday with more major departments, including secondary roads, mental health and juvenile detention.
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