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      The Maples cuts budget to get back in the black

      Employees at The Maples Medical Care Facility in Frankfort are facing layoffs or reduced hours.

      Employees at The Maples Medical Care Facility in Frankfort are facing layoffs or reduced hours as the facility takes steps to get out of the red. The Maples now owes Benzie County about $200,000, down from nearly half a million dollars that they owed in May.

      Fourteen nursing aide jobs will be affected.

      The Maples Administrator Kathy Dube said employees have the option of either reducing their hours to about 32 hours in a two week period or being laid off.

      Employees have until October 6 to make their decision.

      "We're trying to be fair, we're working very closely with the union, with the employees, so that we can make it as least painful as we can," said Dube. "However we have an obligation to the county, we have to be solvent, we have to be self sufficient and that's what the goal is, we're not going to be relying on taxpayers money."

      So far Dube said one employee is being laid off.

      She said every department is being asked to cut expenses or reduce hours to get The Maples back in good financial standing.