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DeSoto County workers face layoffs thanks to budget cuts

(WMC-TV) - From the health department to the public library system, government agencies in DeSoto County have been asked to cut 5 percent from their budgets and the cuts will cost some county employees their jobs.

DeSoto County's Board of Supervisors says the cuts will allow the county to give its employees a 3 percent pay increase.

It will be their first pay raise in 4 years.

Budget cuts have already cost some county employees their jobs. At the end of next month, a Memphis janitorial service will replace 8 custodians who are currently on the DeSoto County payroll.

"You know, it's so hard to sit here and say it was a business decision to cut 8 people's jobs, because you know we're a family here," said Vanessa Lynchard, DeSoto County administrator.

Catherine Nathan heads up the county's regional library system.

Her employees won't be getting a pay raise because public libraries have their own budget.

Nathan says libraries enhance the county's education system which attracts new residents to the county.

"For them to consider cutting our budget is truly remarkable," she said. "It's almost like they were cutting off their nose to spite their face."

The library system cuts have been reduced from 5 percent to 2.5 percent which means about $33,000 in cuts will have to be made.

The system received an extra $100,000 for capital improvements in Horn Lake, but that money doesn't buy books or new computers.

"It really hurts because we can turn $33,000 into about $66,000 with our discounts," said Nathan.

However, the numbers aren't final. There will be a public budget hearing on September 4 in the boardroom of the DeSoto County Administration Building at 9 a.m.


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