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OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors postponed their usual meeting to Friday, where they will consider a budget amendment and a policy on employment eligibility.

Meetings are usually held on Tuesdays, but this one was pushed back to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the courthouse. It’s the second meeting in which hiring has become an issue in recent weeks.

In May, supervisors discussed joining the federal government’s IMAGE certification program. The program is a combination of audit and training, they said. When businesses or other major employers sign on, their hirings and records are examined by officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

There is a strong financial incentive, supervisors said, for joining the program. It shows the county is making a good faith effort to comply with requirements, and that effort may be rewarded.

Even minor errors in documentation can lead to stiff penalties. Fines are waived, though, if “substantive violations” are found on less than 50 percent of the forms. They’re reduced if the audit finds errors on more than half.

Friday’s meeting will be in the board room on the third floor of the courthouse.

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