The Muskingum County Health Department is starting to feel the pain of state budget cuts. And even though demand for service is up, it looks like the number of employees may be going down. State funding for health departments continues to drop while the demand for services from the community has increased by eighty three percent in the last four years. In addition to decreased funding, the health department is also faced with fairly new expenses such as: fighting the West Nile Virus, and possible bio-terrorism scares. At a meeting Thursday night health department board members and employees discussed these issues. Also rumors spread about big raises and misuse of funds for certain employees. The president of the board Lee Roach says the public information officer is paid one hundred percent out of general funds and no one at the health department has received a twenty thousand-dollar raise including the health commissioner, Robert Titko. Employees’ salaries make up eighty five percent of the health departments budget. Roach, says he expects to see lay offs by July 1st.