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Farmington considers layoffs, pay cuts

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - To compete in these hard economic times, Farmington is considering layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts for its city employees.
/ Source: KOB-TV

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - To compete in these hard economic times, Farmington is considering layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts for its city employees.

It's a move aimed at reducing spending as Farmington's economy weakens.

City Manager Rob Mayes said he is meeting with city employees to provide information and receive feedback on the steps the city could take to cut its general fund budget by around $3 million to $4 million.

Other options include continued spending cuts on projects and operations and not filling vacant positions.

Mayes said those steps alone won't be enough.

If the city goes along with furloughs, officials said it would apply to both its salaried and wage earning workers.

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