Mason City Rights Panel Faces Big Budget Cut

Posted at: 03/08/2013 10:37 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Mason City Human Rights Commission is trying to figure out how to continue its work after a big budget cut.

The Globe Gazette reports members of commission met Thursday to discuss how to operate after the City Council on Tuesday cut their budget from $143,000 to $15,000.
Council members say the smaller budget is similar to spending levels in comparable cities.
The commission investigates and tries to resolve disputes involving housing, employment and other matters.
Commissioner Steve Palmer says Mason City should study how human rights commissions work in other cities and use those as models.
Other commissioners raised the possibility of leaving investigations to the state commission.
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3/8/2013 9:38:53 AM (GMT -6:00)