Gratiot County Completes Fiscal 2006 Budget; More Privatization Looms

GRATIOT COUNTY — Gratiot County is set to lay off two government janitors and a fair coordinator effective Jan. 1, 2006 to help balance its 2006 budget. The janitorial work will now be performed by the local firm "MMI," according to the Sept. 8 edition of the Gratiot County Herald. Looming on the horizon, however, are additional layoffs as county commissioners examine privatization of kitchen services at the jail. The county will also consider cuts to, or privatization of, its animal shelter and county permitting functions.