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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County has overhauled the Tuition Assistance Program.

In an emergency vote last night, council members eliminated advances for employees taking college classes and changed the payments to reimbursements.

The move came one day after the opening of summer school.

About two dozen county workers, whose applications for summer courses were submitted before Tuesday, still will receive advances in their paychecks for 75-percent of their tuition.

Program abuses were revealed in a March audit. The audit revealed a pattern of county workers who registered for classes, took tuition assistance in their regular paychecks, then dropped the courses.

Despite yesterday's vote, Councilman Mark Crockett in sisted further tightening may be necessary. Those amendments could be made during the next several weeks.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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