Wayne County commissioners last week approved a $2.24 billion 2009 budget after months of protracted negotiations over how to eliminate a $34 million shortfall.

The new budget implements 10% across-the-board cuts to all county departments. Proposed layoffs at the sheriff’s office generated the most controversy and sparked debate with the county sheriff, who said he would be forced to close a local jail. The final budget cuts 122 deputy sheriff positions, less than the original proposal.

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