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Published January 05, 2010, 02:57 PM

Clay County commissioners hope for a less eventful 2010

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - As we head into 2010, Clay County commissioners are hoping for a much calmer year. 2009 ended up being consumed by two major issues. Some of which could follow them into the New Year.

By: Jason Vincent, WDAY

Here in Clay County, spring flooding, and more than a million dollars in budget cuts made for a busy and tough 2009. Dealing with an almost 1.8 million dollars in state cuts has been priority number one for Clay County commissioners.

They started 2009 by cutting more than 800 thousand dollars from the budget, plus other cost cutting moves. They included a hiring freeze, no pay increases and early retirement incentives. Most were mandatory, but some cuts were made by county employees helping out.

A voluntary furlough program was implemented in 2009, which allows employees to take unpaid time off on a voluntary basis.

2010 looks to be another tough year as well for Clay County, commissioners plan to explore an overhaul of human services, go paperless throughout the county, update their disaster plan and expect even more budget cuts from the state of Minnesota.