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Missouri Senate approves bill to allow cuts within fiscal years

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 9:29 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri counties could be allowed to scale back their spending in the middle of a fiscal year, under a measure moving through the state legislature.

The bill would let counties cut their budgets up to two times in a fiscal year if revenue fell by at least 2 percent. The public would have to be notified of possible cuts at least 30 days in advance.

The measure has been approved the Senate. It's now in a House committee.

Sponsoring Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, said the legislation could help counties that are struggling in a down economy. The measure's provisions would expire in July 2015.


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