La Paz County Board of Supervisors met today in a well-attended special meeting aimed at solving budgetary problems by cutting personnel costs.
County Administrator Dan Field addressed the Board, saying that a number of factors has created the need to cut some personnel costs at the County, which is one of the area’s biggest employers.
Although this is not a problem created by the Board, he said, “the burden now falls on [their] shoulders.” Field acknowledged the difficulty of the subject of layoffs and said it was an emotional subject. However, he said it appeared the Board now had no choice.
Field went on to outline a restructuring plan, including the 13 positions which would be affected out of 139 general fund positions. He said the amount saved to balance the budget would be over $786,000.
Before adjourning the meeting, Chairman John Drum said this was “the hardest thing I had to do in my entire life.”
Supervisor Sandy Pierce was visibly upset when talking about the decision afterwards.
Administrator Dan Field will be notifying the affected employees privately and executing the restructuring plan under authority of the Board.