Fee increase could save jobs for people with disabilities

File picture from the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop taken earlier this year.

The Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop is turning to voters to help keep its doors open.

According to our news gathering partners at the Hannibal Courier Post, the Hannibal city council will allow the workshop to ask voters for an additional $1.20 fee collected on Board of Public works bills. Click here to read the full story from the Post.

A recycling fee of 70 cents is already collected right now.

Officials with the sheltered workshop say the facility continues to operate in the red this year after losing $26 thousand dollars in 2012.

Without a funding increase, the workshop will close its doors.

That means 50 workers with special disabilities would lose their jobs.