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Lower budget for Lawrence Co., but most jobs safe

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Almost all Lawrence County employees' jobs are safe as county commissioners get close to finalizing the 2014 budget.

During Thursday's budget meeting, it was revealed the proposed budget comes in about $400,000 less than the 2013 budget. The commissioners made cuts to make it lower, but said it will not affect services.

One part-time position in the county's archives department will be eliminated, they said.

"It is a victory that we did not have to cut employees and their hours. That means we've been working diligently through this process of getting everything in line for next year so we won't have to borrow $400,000 next year," said Commissioner Joey Hargrove.

Lawrence County had to borrow money to get through the current fiscal year, in part because of unexpected costs.

"Believe that we will be able to go into next year, hopefully, with a surplus, not in 2014 but in 2015, because we know in the coming year, [International Paper] will be closing, and we will be ready for that," said Hargrove.

Commissioners expect to approve the 2014 budget Monday.

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