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Tooele County cuts more jobs; residents still bracing for the pain

By Devon Dolan | Posted - May 9th, 2013 @ 10:30pm


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TOOELE — At $4 million short, Tooele County government has issued round after round of layoffs over the past few months in an effort to balance its budget. Additional layoffs were announced Thursday, putting more than 70 county employees out of work.

Many residents say they haven't felt the effects just yet from the cuts, but they could in the near future.

Shantel Allie worked at the Tooele County Solid Waste Facility until Thursday, when she was laid off. She believes she was the only one let go, but she's seen the staff decrease from 17 to 10 within the last few years. She says customers will start seeing a delay in services.

"When they call and their garbage cans are damaged or run over, it takes us a long time (to help them)," Allie said.

She said all payment is done through the office, which means it could also take longer for customers to pay their bill.

"That means they'll be waiting in line for us to take their payments," she said.

Allie's mother-in-law, LuAnn Allie, was also let go this week.

"I walked over to my desk, and there was an empty box sitting at my desk," she said.

LuAnn Allie worked in the Tooele County Road Department. She said over the last few months, crews of four workers have been reduced to three, and projects have been cut.

"We maintain the roads, and people don't like their roads full of potholes," she said.

She expects residents to start seeing the impacts as well.

A Tooele County spokesman said commissioners asked department heads to trim their budget, and for some that means layoffs.

The county was supposed to get back to KSL News and say exactly how many employees would be affected, but none of our phone calls were returned Thursday night.

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