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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Layoffs could be ordered at county Extension offices and the UGA campus in Tifton if the budget crisis doesn't turn around soon.

Both agencies have avoided layoffs so far through tight money management and by leaving job vacancies unfilled.

They've lost 20 percent of their budgets over the last two years.

The new fiscal year just started, and the Governor has already ordered state agencies to cut another four percent.

"An additional 4 percent will be tough, we're fortunate that the governor has asked for the money early in the budget year so we'll have time to make up those cuts," said Joe W. West, Ph.D., Tifton Campus Asst. Dean

The UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences takes a bigger hit from budget cuts because all Ag. research and services such as Cooperative Extension are funded completely through state appropriations.

Revenue from tuition increases is reserved for the cost of teaching students.

In the last two years, The Extension Service has lost 25 percent of its county agents through attrition and early retirement.

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