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Warrick County departments losing employees revealed

Warrick County workers are on the chopping block to help fill a massive budget shortfall.

The city council says 12 employees will be laid off unless healthcare cuts can makeup the million dollar shortfall they are facing this year.

Seven departments including the Auditor, Recorder, Jail, Superior Court, and Prosecutor's Office voluntarily agreed to cut one employee for the upcoming budget.

If a department didn't volunteer to cut one employee, the council cut one for them.

The auditor's office is the only department that could lose two employees.

Officials say over the past four years, the shortfall has depleted the rainy day fund and desperate times call for desperate measures.

"The state tells us we should have a three to four million dollar operating balance and we don't have any," Gary Meyer said. "I think it came to the point that this council has to do something and this is the decision we were elected to make unfortunately. I think if we do it we're going to be back on the track to balance the budget, we'll start up the rainy day fund again and maybe hire some of these people back."

14 News spoke with several departments who tell us identifying which employee they can loose is going to be a hard job because many of them are already understaffed.

The council hopes to look to cuts in healthcare to come up with additional funding, which could prevent a few of the cuts and the final budget is due October 17.

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