DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Department of Transportation officials didn’t get the funding increase they wanted from lawmakers for the coming year. So they will cut jobs, driver’s license stations and maintenance garages to make up for it, a DOT spokeswoman confirmed to Channel 13 Tuesday.
DOT leaders wanted a $9.7 million increase for the 2016-17 fiscal year that began July 1. But lawmakers approved half of that during this past legislative session.
Planned DOT reductions:
- 67 full-time positions (2,699 currently employed, which is down nearly one-third over the past decade)
- Two driver’s license stations (Spencer and Carroll) That means either driving to another location, renewing on-line or finding a DOT kiosk.
- Seven maintenance garages (Sabula, Akron, Soldier, Corning, Gowrie, Rock Valley and Centerville)
Those facilities are scheduled to close on August 31. The DOT says the closings impact 28 workers, who will be offered jobs in other locations.
The recent 10-cent per gallon tax increase added to a gallon of gas is not permitted to go to salaries or pay increases. By law, it is required to go towards infrastructure projects, like roads and bridges.