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Jefferson Co. clerk threatens to sue over budget cuts

August 03, 2009

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The Jefferson County clerk is threatening to sue the county commission over $48,000 in employee salaries cut from her budget this year.

Jennifer Maghan says the cuts could force her to lay off two employees. She hoped the money would be restored when the commission moved to use a portion of $3 million left over from the last fiscal year to undo a number of budget cuts.

Commissioners, though, say they want to consider the salaries at a later date.

Maghan says a lawsuit could be filed as early as today. She believes the commission might be violating a section of West Virginia law relating to county budget procedures.

County Commission President Dale Manuel declined to comment.

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