Commissioner: 'Piece of garbage' budget

As associate commissioners Luann Ridgeway and Gene Owen look down at budget documents and Assistant County Administrator for Finance Laurie Portwood looks on, Presiding Clay County Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte calls the proposed 2020 budget a "piece of garbage" that "hoses the sheriff's office." Neither Owen nor Ridgeway responded to the criticism. The commission is discussing approval of the budget now. More details on what was approved Thursday, Dec. 19, will be available later this week at mycouriertribune.com.

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