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Walker Co. budget shortfalls could mean furloughs

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A budget shortfall in Walker County is forcing leaders to consider something they never have before--furloughs.

Sole commissioner Bebe Heiskell spoke on the state of the county before a crowded room Tuesday morning.

Heiskell says the county is facing a $3 million shortfall in revenue.

Earlier this month, Heiskell signed a loan through a local bank. She says it may not be enough to keep the county from requiring furloughs.

"We have never laid off anyone. We have never furloughed anyone, but we are looking at that. But, it's difficult because emergency personnel -- it's hard to furlough them even for a day."

Heiskell says emergency personnel make up a bulk of the county's employees.

The $3 million from the bank will be used to cover payroll and operating costs for the county's next budget year, which begins in October.

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