HAYS, Kansas – At the Ellis County Commission meeting on Monday night, commissioners decided that all county positions that have been unfilled since March 25 will stay that way.
“This is not the most pleasant thing to do, to cut budgets but sometimes it’s very necessary,” said Barbara Wasinger an Ellis County Commissioner.
The reason for the hiring freeze is to help make up a projected $ 1.5 to $2 million budget deficit. The deficit is due to the county’s low oil valuations.
“Everyone has their own issues during this time and unfortunately we are being hit very hard by the lack of value of oil,” Wasinger said.
No county employees will lose their current jobs. Unfilled jobs can stay open if the county department head convinces the County Commissioners that the position is necessary to running county functions.
“I think that the weight, we’re dealing with a little less personnel within the county is preferable to having your taxes raised without thinking about it,” said Wasinger.
The county estimates that with the lost oil valuations that they will have to make up a $1.5 to $2 million deficit or more for next years budget.
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