$80k to be reallocated in 2020 budget, pay for lead testing

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The latest Shelby County Commission meeting called for action to be taken in light of the recent lead testing results.

A new resolution called for $80,000 to be transferred from one Shelby county budget to another to pay for lead testing for students.

The money will be transferred from the county commission contingency fund to the health department community budget.

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The resolution was sponsored by two commissioners and passed unanimously. 
SCS officials said the sources where the lead was found were drinking fountains, faucets and ice machines. 
Commissioners said they want all 19,000 students that were possibly affected to be tested. That is estimated to cost 80k but commissioners say there is a potential for more expenses to be incurred later. 
Those sources have all been shut off at this time.

Lead testing is available for free for affected staff and students at the health department.

FOX13 will keep you updated on the exact ways the $80,000 will be allocated to lead testing.

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