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Clark County employees set to learn fate today

Posted: Updated: Aug 8, 2011 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WDRB) -- Many Clark County employees will find out today if they still have a job as a financial crisis there continues to unfold.

The stakes are high. The county is running out of money, and as many as 200 jobs are on the table.

A memo sparked an anxiety-riddled week for Clark County employees. Issued by attorney Greg Fifer, it says that the county's general fund is $1.2 million in the red. If no action is taken, he recommends issuing layoff notices August 9. At a meeting Thursday, county commissioners decided to meet the upcoming payroll.

"Payday is next Wednesday. It's not my intent to try to screw that up. As long as the council is adequately addressing this, I think you can conditionally approve payroll," said Fifer on Thursday.

But employees will stay on edge until the council decides what course of action to take.

"It's heartbreaking to think employees had to go through the last five or six days with the thought they may be losing their job," said County Commissioner Mike Moore.

Moore says the memo never should have been issued.

"It was simply posturing by the county attorney to try and scare some employees that benefited nobody," Moore said. "his nonsense needs to be put to rest."

Moore says he would be shocked if the Council makes massive layoffs, and believes furloughs are much more likely. Regardless, he says this entire situation should have been handled much differently.

"We can't play politics with something like this," Moore said. "It's not fair to threaten somebody with their job if you don't get your way. That's what this amounts to."

Tonight's meeting was set to start at 6 p.m.

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