Jefferson Water & Soil District Faces Shortfall


The Jefferson County Water and Soil Conservation District is facing some problems.

The district is looking at a possible budget shortfall of over $25,000.

On top of that, board members say former executive director Brian Wohnsiedler borrowed restricted money to help keep the organization going.

As a result, the state has froze some funds while it waits for results of an audit.

Board member Mike Behling says the organization may be looking at a round of layoffs in order to survive.

"We may have to lay off another person or two," Behling said, "however there's also a plan among staff to try to pick up more grants and to do more business."

Behling also says the district will likely ask Jefferson County for additional loans.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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