Severe cuts to Asotin Co. Health Dist. negatively impact the community

CLARKSTON, WA - Some locals still aren't happy about several layoffs at the Asotin County Health District after budget cuts last week.

The 2014 budget for the health district cuts two nurses,downsizes office space and cuts many services previously available to the public.
These changes were made after severe cuts from the federal, state and local levels.

"The nursing community are very upset with a couple of you gentlemen with what happened with the public health," said Asotin County resident, Butch Aiken.

"We can't help what the state is giving us," said Asotin County Commissioner, Jim Jeffords. "It is severely under-funded at this point. Don't know what to say but you have to live within your means."

The commission sits on the local health board and said they're going to re-assess the budget in six months. Commissioner Jim Fuller urges the public to speak to their representatives at the Asotin and Clarkston City Councils, two entities that don't provide any funding to the health district.