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Middlesex does not have to borrow to meet payroll

Two employees laid off

As county attorney Mike Soberick walked out of a closed session on personnel last Thursday at a special Middlesex County Board of Supervisors meeting, he made a gesture as if he was cutting his own neck and remarked, “The axe has fallen.”

Soberick was referring to the fact supervisors had just voted unanimously to lay off two county employees due to the current hard economic times.

County administrator Charles Culley would not release which positions had been cut until the employees were notified.

The terminations have come on the wave of additional recent state cuts to all county constitutional offices, and state funds going directly to the county.

On a positive note, Culley announced that the county will not have to borrow funds to meet its October 15 payroll. He informed supervisors that enough real estate and personal property tax revenue has been collected by the county treasurer’s office to cover the payroll.

At an October 6 board meeting, county treasurer Betty Bray requested permission to borrow funds, if necessary, from a local bank in the event not enough cash was in the county treasury to meet October payroll obligations. At that meeting, Bray indicated many county citizens were paying their taxes early, but she was not certain if there would be enough funds for the payroll.

posted 10.12.2009

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