Asotin County Health District faces additional cuts

Asotin County Health District faces additional cuts »Play Video
The health board discusses changes in 2014 forced by lower budget.
CLARKSTON, WA - Cuts are also coming to the Asotin County Health District. The board approved a budget Monday that cuts two nurses and will likely shrink their office space.

The 2014 budget includes a $100,000 cut to the salary fund and a $10,000 cut in building capital. The plan is to shrink their current space or move to a smaller building to save money. The board also approved laying off two of the registered nurses.

"They were in every way both exemplary employees," said Health District Administrator, Brady Woodbury. "And that was extremely difficult to let them go."

The lack of funding for the dwindling budget comes from a lack of local funding. The City of Clarkston and the City of Asotin don't fund the health district at this time. The county, state and federal funds are also shrinking each year. In the past five years, the health district has laid off eight nurses due to budget cuts. The future of the health district is likely to be more of an education and referral center than a place where people can get health care.