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Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

A $4 million deficit and the loss of $2 million in state funding over the past two years has the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities streamlining its operations in 2016.

Voters in Clark County have turned down the last two levy requests from the Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Now, Superintendent Jennifer Rousculp-Miller stated the agency will have to cut services in Clark County.

A contract dispute between Developmental Disabilities of Clark County and a group of unionized employees has reached a stalemate. The union workers have been operating without a contract since last March.

The agency runs the FF Mueller Residential Center, which is a 24-hour care facility. Forty-five members of the UAW Local 658 who work at the center have set a date of March 16 to strike if a contract isn’t agreed upon.

Melissa Dabe of Developmental Disabilities explained that there are several issues on the table.

The Clark County agency that helps disabled people find work and live independently is facing $4 million in budget cuts after two consecutive levy defeats. The Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities has come up with a three-year strategic plan in order to maintain services to the disabled in the area.

The Developmental Disabilities Board previously had passed every levy request it had placed on the ballot since 1967. But voters in 2012 and 2013 rejected the request and now the organization is facing steep cuts.