Drees denies letter to commission is threat of lawsuit

Screen Shot 2018-08-20 at 1.28.14 PMEllis County Attorney Tom Drees wanted to explain Monday evening to Ellis County Commissioners a letter he sent last week was not a threat of a lawsuit over additional budget cuts, but his attempt to speak was cut off when commissioners told him the meeting had been adjourned.

At last week’s meeting, Commissioner Barbara Wasinger was not ready to accept the 2019 budget for official publication, citing expenditures were $2.4 million higher than expected revenue. She suggested the budget be sent back to department heads to try and reduce that amount, recommending a 1 percent cut from all departments. Commissioners Dean Haselhorst and Marcy McClelland agreed.

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