DESOTO COUNTY Fla.- By two o'clock Thursday, the word had already spread to most of the employees at the Department of Juvenile Justice in DeSoto County that they could lose their jobs. DeSoto County Commissioner Judy Schaefer says that closing the facility does not fall in line with campaign promises made by state legislators. "The whole deal is that were supposed to be getting jobs were not supposed to be losing them", Schaefer said.
Schaefer also says she is deeply disappointed in the Governors decision not to use a line item veto that would have kept the facility open "by him not vetoing it, it's detrimental as far as the county is concerned because of the loss of jobs" Shaefer said. More than 400 people stand to lose their jobs at the facility. Not only will unemployment skyrocket in the county, but it will also have a huge impact on the county's budget. "Were right now fixing to start on our budget so it affects the tax base too so its just detrimental", Schaefer said.
Managers at the facility would not talk about the Governors decision because they were on duty and they are not allowed to talk to the media while they are working, but they did say that there was a high level of anxiety among employees on Thursday. Community leaders are now holding on to hope that the facility will be privatized instead of closed for good