UPDATE | Layoffs announced after Boone County budget cuts

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BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 4/25/19 @ 1:20 p.m.
More details have been released about layoffs that will affect 10 Boone County workers.

Boone County Commission President Eddie Hendricks on Thursday provided the following breakdown of those affected:

  • Two in the commission office
  • Three in the sheriff's department
  • One from the tax department
  • One from the county clerk's office
  • One from the circuit clerk's office
  • Two assessors

The budget for 2019 is more than $1 million less than the 2018 budget, coming in at $7.2 million as opposed to the $8.5 million budget for 2018.

The budget cuts will go into effect by May 1.



UPDATE 4/24/19 @ 4:15 p.m.
Layoffs are coming to Boone County that will affect up to 10 positions, commissioners said Wednesday.

"It's hard for us and any kind of ideas you come up with we'd be willing to listen to anything you got to say," Commission President Eddie Hendricks said.

They outlined departments that will be affected by those layoffs, a result of major cuts in the budget for 2019.

Departments affected include the county commission, county clerk, circuit court clerk, county assessor, prosecutor's office and the sheriff's department.

"When I cut people, it hurts law enforcement. And we're in a time right now where I could use more instead of cutting them, but we got to do what we got to do," Boone County Sheriff Randall White said.

The budget for 2019 is more than $1 million less than the 2018 budget, coming in at $7.2 million as opposed to the $8.5 million budget for 2018.

County commissioners met with elected officials Wednesday to work out a plan for their budget.

The Boone County Commission president said previously that the budget cuts were the result of decreased tax revenue from lack of tax dollars and the small number of coal mines still in business.

"This was the lifeblood of Boone County, it was the lifeblood of southern West Virginia," Rodney Miller, delegate from Boone County said.

Despite the setbacks, Miller believes there's still room for other industries to grow and boost the county's economy through opportunities at the Rock Creek Industrial Park.

"We’ve got a workforce that wants to go to work, needs to go to work," Miller said.

The budget cuts will go into effect by May 1.



UPDATE 4/11/19 @ 3:30 p.m.
Layoffs are coming to Boone County after a major cut in the budget for 2019, according to County Administrator Pam White.

The budget for the 2019 year is $7.2 million, which is more than a $1 million decrease from last year's $8.5 million budget.

Outside agencies that work with the county will see an 18 percent budget cut for 2019. County offices will have a budget cut of eight percent.

White said layoffs will be unavoidable, and county commissioners will meet with elected officials to work out a plan for the coming year.

The budget will go into effect July 1, 2019.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/19
Boone County Commission voted Tuesday on the 2019 budget.

The budget for the 2019 year is $7.2 million, which is over a $1 million decrease from last year's budget, $8.5 million.

President of Boone County commission, Eddie Hendricks, said this year the county was $1 million short on just tax revenues which is why they had to cut the budget.

Hendricks says due to the few coal mines in business and the lack of tax dollars, the commission had no other choice.

"We were getting ready for this three or four years ago. Just now it's been expedited by the fact that the coal companies are gone," said Hendricks.

But Hendricks said he is not giving up on the county.

"We're not going to give up the county. We're going to fight and we're going to figure out a way to get it done and revitalize this whole county," said Hendricks.

The budget will go into affect July 1, 2019.

The Boone County Commission says they will be discussing over the next few months what adjustments will need to be made as a result of the budget cut.



 
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